Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims he is down to 15 available senior players for Wednesday's Champions League match against Hoffenheim after David Silva and Fernandinho were added to his injury list.

Silva will be out for "a few weeks" after sustaining an apparent hamstring injury in City's 2-0 Premier League loss at Chelsea on Saturday.

Fernandinho completed his team's first league defeat of their title defence but appeared in discomfort towards the end of the 90 minutes.

Kevin De Bruyne's ongoing rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury means Guardiola's first-choice midfield three from last season are not available to take on Hoffenheim, with a point required for City to secure top spot in Group F.

Sergio Aguero remains out with an abductor complaint, although the Argentina striker could be back when City host Everton on Saturday, while full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Danilo remain on the sidelines.

On Silva's injury, Guardiola explained: "He was substituted for a muscular problem. He will be stopped for a few days, a few weeks

"Maybe Sergio has a chance for the weekend.

"We have 15 players available, so rotating, I cannot do it too much.

"We are in a real tough game. We are in the next stage, that is important. We want to win the game because every game we have to try to win, [we want] to finish first.

"It doesn't matter if you finish first or second, the last 16 is always tough."

Guardiola spoke of how highly he rates Hoffenheim counterpart Julian Nagelsmann, dating back to their meetings when the Catalan was in charge of Bayern Munich.

Hoffenheim's efforts in their 3-2 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk last time out in the Champions League, despite being down to 10 men, gave Guardiola a newfound admiration for their play.

"Hoffenheim against Shakhtar was one of the most incredible games I watched as a spectator in the last years," Guardiola added, having studied a recording of the match this week.

"They were incredible how they created, how they did it – even with 10 players for 30 minutes, and they lost!

"It was fascinating watching that game. My admiration and point of view of Hoffenheim has increased. I know about Julian Nagelsmann and his team and I realise how tough it will be."

Pep Guardiola has hailed Raheem Sterling as an "incredible person" after the Manchester City and England winger spoke out amid allegations he was subjected to racist abuse.

Eden Hazard has offered public support to Raheem Sterling after the Manchester City forward was allegedly racially abused at Chelsea during a Premier League game.

Sterling was berated by a section of the Stamford Bridge crowd during Chelsea's 2-0 defeat of the Premier League champions, with the club subsequently suspending four people from attending matches pending further investigations.

The Metropolitan Police also launched an investigation into whether Sterling was racially abused by spectators and Hazard has backed the England international.

"The only thing I can say is I support the player. Sterling is a fantastic player," Hazard told Sky Sports.

"There is an investigation, so we don't know what will happen.

"Proper Chelsea fans just sing for Chelsea and enjoy the game.

"I am fully supportive of Raheem and this sort of racism cannot be in the stadium anymore."

Former England coach Gary Neville has revealed Sterling approached him asking for advice on how to cope with criticism during Euro 2016, where the Three Lions exited to Iceland in the last 16 and what were perceived to be his poor performances were highlighted in the media.

"He came to see me one on one in 2016, I think it was three or four days before the Iceland game," Neville said on Sky Sports. 

"Pre-tournament, I don't know if you remember, he was getting absolutely battered. Getting so much stick, we were aware of that. Fans were onto him, the media was onto him. Asking a lot of questions about him.

"It then continued into the tournament, into the stadiums, to the point where those groans and boos, little things. It takes a lot for a player to come and see a coach. I was in the analysis room, I remember the analysts leaving.

"He walked in and started to unload on me - why was this happening? Why was this so personally accepted? He'd accepted he'd get criticism for playing for England for his performance levels. He'd accepted he'd be scrutinised as an England player, he didn't want any special treatment.

"But that it was so vicious, he felt so targeted, he didn't know what to do about it. I saw someone that has a great mentality and is tough but is also vulnerable in terms of how does he deal with it, how does he cope with it, how does he come out of it?"

Sterling spoke out against the incident at Chelsea in an Instagram post where he highlighted the differing way reports on City youngsters Phil Foden and Tosin Adarabioyo buying property for their parents were produced.

And Neville's assessment is the media's treatment of Sterling differs from when England players including David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne were pilloried by the press.

"Directly in that tournament [Euro 2016] Harry Kane, who is the blue-eyed boy of English football, he's a sensational player, we love him to bits," Neville continued. "He was having a difficult time in that tournament and it was portrayed [as being] because he was on corners.

"Raheem was having a difficult time and it was because of other reasons and more personal reasons at times, and the language used towards him was difficult. I don't think he could understand. I think he was asking me why this was happening.

"Post-tournament, we got knocked out and obviously it was bad from a football point of view. The abuse that he received, particularly in the media, beyond that tournament, and the language that was used against him, I've not seen it before, and I played closely with David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, I played with Paul Gascoigne at Euro 96. I've seen a lot over the years.

"I look back on that time now and think was I really walking by on the other side and not dealing with the real issue, is that the right reaction? He was willing to continue playing, he has continued to play at an outstanding level.

"But he's been carrying this now for years. This is not just on Sunday, not just a Chelsea fan. This has been going on for years about him, and I've known about this for years because he came to see me in 2016, so was it happening before that even?

"It's a really difficult situation where you think how would I deal with that again? How would I try and help him? Because he's a tough lad, he really is, to come through everything he's coming through and the scrutiny he's faced with. To perform like he has done is a miracle, almost."

Manchester City have tied one of their star youngsters to a new deal, with Phil Foden putting pen to paper on a new contract running to 2024.

Foden is yet to start a Premier League game but is considered one of the brightest talents in England, although the 18-year-old has rejected comparisons to Barcelona icon Andres Iniesta.

City have lost out on some of their prized talent of late with Jadon Sancho moving to Borussia Dortmund, who he has helped to top the Bundesliga table, earning England caps in the process.

Brahim Diaz is also expected to follow Sancho away from the Etihad Stadium with Real Madrid reportedly lining up a deal for the teenager, whose contract is set to expire next year.

Stockport-born Foden committing his future to City is therefore a major boost for City, who suffered their first defeat of the season at Chelsea in the Premier League at the weekend.

"We are delighted to have secured Phil for the next five-and-a-half years," said director of football Txiki Begiristain. "He is an outstanding talent and he is Manchester City born and bred so this is where he wants to play his football.

"Under Pep and with the players we have here around him, he is in the best place possible to develop as a player."

Foden scored his first City goal in an influential performance in September's EFL Cup win at Oxford United, while he has made eight Premier League appearances as a substitute this term.

"I'm over the moon," Foden, an Under-17 World Cup winner with England, told City's website.

"I've been here since day one – I've grown up and seen a lot of new faces and people.

"It's a dream come true to sign a new contract. My aim [now] is to be patient and take the [first-team] chances as they come."

Chelsea have suspended four people from attending the club's matches pending further investigations into allegations regarding the behaviour of supporters towards Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has praised Raheem Sterling for the way he handled getting berated at Chelsea as the Metropolitan Police investigates whether the Manchester City forward was racially abused. 

Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley has called on football authorities to stamp out racism after Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was allegedly targeted by abuse during a Premier League game at Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling used social media to criticise the coverage that black players receive in the media after he was berated by Chelsea supporters in Manchester City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. 

Raheem Sterling used social media to criticise the coverage that black players receive in the media after he was berated by Chelsea supporters in Manchester City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. 

Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation in order to establish whether Sterling was racially abused in the incident, with the club vowing to take the "strongest possible action where necessary". 

The England international posted a message on Instagram along with pictures of newspaper articles regarding Manchester City team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo - who is on a season-long loan at Championship club West Brom - and Phil Foden, pointing to the different way in which the media covered the duo choosing to buy houses for their parents. 

"I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to [be] heard I will speak up," Sterling wrote.

"Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game, as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don't expect no better. 

"For example you have two young players starting out their careers. Both play for the same team, both have done the right thing which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are. 

"But look how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player. I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. 

"This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour, so for all the newspapers that don't understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance."

Raheem Sterling used social media to criticise the coverage that black players receive in the media after he was berated by Chelsea supporters in Manchester City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. 

Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation in order to establish whether Sterling was racially abused in the incident, with the club vowing to take the "strongest possible action where necessary". 

The England international posted a message on Instagram along with pictures of newspaper articles regarding Manchester City team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo - who is on a season-long loan at Championship club West Brom - and Phil Foden, pointing to the different way in which the media covered the duo choosing to buy houses for their parents. 

"I am not normally the person to talk a lot but when I think I need my point to [be] heard I will speak up," Sterling wrote.

"Regarding what was said at the Chelsea game, as you can see by my reaction I just had to laugh because I don't expect no better. 

"For example you have two young players starting out their careers. Both play for the same team, both have done the right thing which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are. 

"But look how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player. I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded. 

"This young black kid is looked at in a bad light. Which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour, so for all the newspapers that don't understand why people are racist in this day and age all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance."

Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating whether Raheem Sterling was racially abused during the Blues' 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

Television footage appeared to show spectators in the front row at Stamford Bridge berating the City winger, prompting allegations that some of the words were racially motivated.

Chelsea have vowed to take the "strongest possible action where necessary", while a police statement confirmed the widely circulated video was being reviewed, although no arrests have yet been made. 

"We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at a Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 8 December," read the statement.

"We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed."

 

Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating whether Raheem Sterling was racially abused during the Blues' 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

Television footage appeared to show spectators in the front row at Stamford Bridge berating the City winger, prompting allegations that some of the words were racially motivated.

Chelsea have vowed to take the "strongest possible action where necessary", while a police statement confirmed the widely circulated video was being reviewed, although no arrests have yet been made. 

"We are aware of a video circulating online in which it is claimed racial abuse was allegedly directed at a player at a Chelsea v Manchester City game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 8 December," read the statement.

"We will review the footage to determine whether any offences have been committed."

 

Chelsea's 2-0 victory over Manchester City has not changed Maurizio Sarri's view that it will be "impossible" for his team to win the Premier League title this year.

The Blues handed Pep Guardiola's side their first loss in the division this season, with N'Golo Kante and David Luiz scoring either side of half-time at Stamford Bridge.

Sarri's side are still seven points behind City after 16 games and eight behind new Premier League leaders Liverpool.

And the Chelsea coach remains insistent that his team cannot maintain a sustained title challenge this season due to his view that City are the continent's finest side.

"As I said, always as you know, I think the gap is impossible to cover this kind of gap only in one season," Sarri told a news conference.

"One match - you can play one match, of course. Then in the competition of 10 months it's very difficult to cover the gap. I think they are, at the moment, the best team in Europe. 

"We won today. But we have to say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 minutes, because they could score. A little bit lucky in the first half and very good second half."

In his previous three meetings against Guardiola teams, Sarri had never been on the winning side.

As pleased as he was with the victory, Sarri wants his Chelsea side, who lost at Wolves in midweek, to carry their form into the rest of December, when they will face Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Watford and Crystal Palace in the league.

"I'm happy for the win because it's difficult to win against Guardiola's team," he added.

"I know very well they are a step ahead now. We have to work to cover the gap.

"We are not sure to be able to cover the gap. We have to try, of course."

Pep Guardiola is unconcerned by Manchester City relinquishing top spot in the Premier League after his side slumped to their first league defeat of the season at Chelsea.

Goals from N'Golo Kante and David Luiz ended City's unbeaten run, with Liverpool's earlier win over Bournemouth meaning the Reds lead the way after 16 games.

But Guardiola was in bullish mood despite the defeat, insisting that it was always unlikely City would go all season without suffering a defeat.

"Everyone ask me about this, I said that it not going to happen," Guardiola told a news conference.

"We're not here to be invincibles, or to be unbeaten, we're here to try to be champions. It doesn't matter. We want to make one point more than our opponents. Now, at the moment, Liverpool are better than us.

"We are in December, if you ask if Liverpool can win the Premier League, I would say yes. If you ask me if Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea can with the Premier League, I would say yes.

"There is not a sport in the world that one team or player wins everything.

"It's about how you lose, we played the way we want to play. After that, when the opponent is good we say congratulations."

Both Guardiola and Sarri lined up without recognised strikers in their starting XIs, with Hazard and Raheem Sterling deployed in false nine roles.

And Guardiola, whose side dominated possession without offering the cutting edge required to make a breakthrough, joked that he and Sarri had agreed to play with identical systems.

"Yesterday I call Maurizio we decided to play the same way," Guardiola added.

"He tries to win, I try to win, when he wins I congratulate him, he congratulates me [if I win].

"He is exceptional, I admire him and he deserves all the credit."

David Luiz felt Chelsea's humility was the key to them defeating a Manchester City team he thinks are "the best in the world".

City were in control from the outset at Stamford Bridge but they fell behind against the run of play when N'Golo Kante steered Eden Hazard's pass into the roof of the net.

Pep Guardiola's decision to play Raheem Sterling through the middle did not work out, while the introduction of Gabriel Jesus in the 53rd minute failed to improve matters.

Chelsea remained solid at the back in the second period and David Luiz ended City's 14-game unbeaten run in away Premier League matches 11 minutes from time.

The Brazilian was proud of the way the Blues dug in to become the first side to beat the reigning champions in the top flight this term.

"It was a great game, and to be honest, we were playing the best team in Europe, or the world at the moment," David Luiz told BT Sport.

"They have been together for more than three years, they play really, really well and have great players, so we were set to suffer.

"We had a lot of humility and tried to take our chances to score. We did our plan well, it was a great game.

"All the team did great, we have tried a lot this season to improve. We have had some bad results and like I said, the humility was the key today. I think all the team did great.

"We keep on fighting with humility, feet on the ground and try to improve every day."

Maurizio Sarri has moved Kante out of his deep-lying midfield role this season and called on the World Cup winner to score more.

While the France international was pleased to double his tally for the campaign with the opener, he is not fixated with trying to be more prolific.

"The most important is to give my best on the pitch, to play with my team-mates. I'm happy when I can be on the scoresheet and I'm happy to score my second goal of the season," said Kante.

"Manchester City are a very good team. I think we had some difficult moments in the game, but we were able to suffer together, to make the effort together. We are happy for the win."

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