Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy has the potential to be a top-class left-back but wants the defender to show more maturity, noting: "I'm not his father."

Mendy's career since joining City from Monaco has been heavily disrupted by a series of injuries, the most recent of which has kept him on the sidelines for two months.

But Mendy is set to return to action as City head to Burton Albion for the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, holding a 9-0 lead from the first leg.

His availability will be a huge boost for the Premier League champions as they compete for honours on multiple fronts, Guardiola having had to use Fabian Delph, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko as makeshift left-backs in Mendy's absence.

The 24-year-old has become popular for his inimitable, inventive use of social media - racking up over a million Twitter followers - and while Guardiola is thrilled to welcome Mendy back he wants the defender to show more focus on his football.

"I am delighted with Benjamin," Guardiola told a news conference. "I am sad because we were not able to play him because of injuries but that sometimes happens.

"The way he is training, the way he is in the locker room... you cannot imagine how much the people love him. I am delighted – I just want to use him more! That's all.

"I am not unhappy with Mendy [using social media heavily]. I am not here to change his mentality. His way, the way he lives... is what it is. When we bought him, we knew it.

"So, when we are talking about training sessions, always it's perfect but he is active on social media. He likes to be. It is what it is. 

"We try to convince him, but I'm not his father! [I tell him]: 'Be focused on your job and what we have to do. You are young, and you can be one of the best left-backs, but it's up to you.'"

Eric Garcia is set to be one of a number of young players given a chance to impress by Guardiola, with his side in such a dominant position against Burton.

The defender's long-term City future appears assured but Guardiola indicated he is unsure whether or not the teenager would benefit from a loan spell.

"I can count on him," Guardiola said of the 18-year-old. "He showed me an incredible personality in the EFL Cup [ties against Leicester City and Burton], and especially in pre-season when he played with younger players.

"It's easier when you are a young player to come in and play close to Nico [Otamendi], or David Silva or Kevin [De Bruyne] – but play there with six, seven young academy players, and he was really the captain, and he guides and he leads in three hard games.

"He was incredibly good. In the EFL Cup he was good. But he's young. Is he a third, fourth defender, one more year in academy, or do we loan? We are going to decide in the next months what happens next season.

"But I am incredibly satisfied, not just with the games but the way he trains, his behaviour, how polite he is, how he listens, how when he has doubts, he always asks myself, my staff, Mikel [Arteta].

"He is so smart, so intelligent. He understands everything so quick. His physicality is not so strong, but he resolves situations by thinking. I like to work with intelligent people and he is one of them."

Pep Guardiola accepts Nicolas Otamendi is not happy at Manchester City because of a lack of game-time.

Otamendi is competing for selection with City captain Vincent Kompany, England defender John Stones and previous club-record signing Aymeric Laporte at centre-back.

The Argentina international has only started eight Premier League matches this term, having to take a place on the bench for a further 13 matches.

Otamendi is in line to feature when City travel to Burton Albion for the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, the Premier League champions holding a 9-0 lead from the first meeting.

And Guardiola concedes it is becoming more challenging to keep players such as Otamendi satisfied despite City still competing for four competitions this season.

"He's not happy - I don't have an answer," Guardiola told reporters at a news conference.

"When he plays he's happy, when he doesn't he's not happy. I don't know what I can do. When he doesn't play he's not happy.

"He could play every week, he can play and I know he's there. He can help us in the build up, I've got three central defenders and Vinny [Kompany] as well. He played [against] Southampton and was excellent, sometimes I have to decide one or the other.

"John came back well after the World Cup, he wants to play a lot of games. Nico - I know we can count on him, an incredible professional and always he's ready. I can understand it."

Asked if players such as Otamendi being unsettled could result in them leaving the club, Guardiola suggested it is a problem director of football Txiki Begiristain may have to handle.

"It depends on the players, I don't want sad players here," he added. "If you are not happy you knock on Txiki's door.

"At the end of the season they have to reflect. If they don't play and are not happy they have to move. I know they are able to do it and I don't have any complaints about that.

"You see the schedule, the games everyone plays. Except the last game, [Fabian] Delph three games suspended, the others play, there's not one guy with more than two or three games with not playing.

"There is not one who is not playing games and it didn't happen. Selection is the hardest part, I am honest, in my job, you look at what happens, some need extra games for the confidence, it's many reasons, not just being naive selection."

Benjamin Mendy could make his Manchester City return from a knee injury in Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Burton Albion, with Pep Guardiola acknowledging he has missed the Frenchman.

Left-back Mendy missed most of last season after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his knee, and then had to have surgery on his meniscus in November after starting the season well.

Mendy last played for City on November 11, the 3-1 derby win over Manchester United, meaning Guardiola has generally had to play players out of position to ease the loss.

City travel to Burton on Wednesday having won the first leg 9-0 in Manchester, and Guardiola is expected to ring the changes, with Mendy part of the group heading to the midlands.

"He [Mendy] is in the squad tomorrow [Wednesday], yes, he travels with us, maybe [he will be on the bench," Guardiola told reporters.

"The results say what we have done, I would say they say we have not missed him much, but I would say I miss him a lot.

"He is unstoppable, especially in the last third. He's so clever. He doesn't cross to just cross, he's clever.

"I have the feeling he gives us extra. Hopefully in the last part of the season the club can use him."

Kevin De Bruyne is also among those heading to Burton and will feature in some capacity as he continues to build up his fitness, while some of City's younger players look set for a run-out, with Phil Foden included.

"We're going to play Phil and have a few [youngsters] on the bench," he added. "Two, three or four [young players] will play, and two, three or four on the bench. De Bruyne is going to play."

Goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, just 20, has featured in four EFL Cup games this season and is set to feature again on Wednesday, and he is very highly rated by Guardiola.

"He has incredible potential as a goalkeeper," Guardiola said. "He's so big, tall, fast, and not scared. He can show how good he is [against Burton]."

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Manchester City went past 100 goals for the season and closed back to within four points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not concerned that Liverpool are set for a lighter schedule ahead of the Premier League title run-in.

While City continue to challenge on four fronts, Jurgen Klopp's men are only still in action in the league and the Champions League following early exits in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.

Liverpool could therefore play considerably fewer matches as they look to protect their lead at the top of the table, but Guardiola believes the champions can benefit from a busy calendar.

And the City boss certainly does not intend to give up the chase in the FA Cup in order to boost their Premier League chances.

"If you play every three days, everyone is in rhythm, everyone is focused," Guardiola told a news conference ahead of the trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

"Sometimes when you have one week, 10 days off, the rhythm sometimes is wrong. So really I don't know. If you win games and go to the quarter-finals, semi-finals of a competition, it is a huge excitement and everyone will be involved.

"When I go out, it's because the other [team] was better. We are not going to drop any competition. When Wigan last minute go 1-0 [in the FA Cup last season], 'congratulations, Wigan'.

"We were out of the cup and go to Abu Dhabi for five days, but we are not going to organise our schedule to go to Abu Dhabi."

Guardiola is similarly uninterested in the prospect of relying on rivals Manchester United to do City a favour and beat Liverpool at Old Trafford next month.

"We have to go to Old Trafford, too, and what you have to do is try to win there," he said. "If United beat Liverpool, perfect. But if United beat us, the situation is the same.

"What can we do for United against Liverpool? Nothing. I don't have the telephone number for [United boss Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer, maybe I'm going to ask him but I don't have it right now. What we can do is beat United when we go there.

"But, before United, how many games do we have? We have recent experience of what happened against Leicester and Crystal Palace so it's a big mistake to think about that when you want to compete in all the competitions and focus on what we have to do.

"Before United v Liverpool, you can ask me again the question and I'll tell you more clearly what the situation is [at that time], but there are many games for both sides before those games."

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Kevin De Bruyne has missed most of the season due to a knee injury, while Benjamin Mendy is nearing a return.

Silva believes the return to fitness of some of his team-mates will give City a boost, with their title rivals Liverpool and Tottenham facing problems on the injury front.

"It feels like we have all the squad which is important because we need all of them," the Portuguese playmaker told UK newspapers.

"It is good finally to be back together and of course until now, until this moment of the season we have had so many injured players. 

"We never played with the whole squad so to have almost the whole squad available is fantastic for us and it is very good to try and go for all the competitions."

City are four points adrift of leaders Liverpool ahead of a trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Pep Guardiola insisted Ederson's sweeper style is valuable to Manchester City, despite the goalkeeper's antics in Monday's 3-0 Premier League win over Wolves.

Ederson was briefly involved in City's midfield against Wolves as the Premier League champions moved within four points of leaders Liverpool.

The Brazil international rushed out of his box to win the ball before exchanging passes with City team-mate Ilkay Gundogan just inside the halfway line at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola, however, was not concerned post-match, telling reporters:  "I'm so pleased because he stays high [Ederson], the keeper has to defend our back four, in front with the long balls he's perfect.

"Adama [Traore] is maybe the fastest player I've ever seen in my life. It was good, he makes a decision, maybe he must be more precise, but the ball is out, no problem. But if you handle the risk, it's not easy.

"When he helps to do that, we play better, our build up is better, our midfielders get the ball in better conditions. Ederson, we love him the way he is, that's why it's not a problem."

Guardiola's City travel to manager-less Huddersfield Town, who sacked David Wagner, on Sunday.

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