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Manchester City stars pose for the cameras ahead of crucial Fulham clash

Manchester City stars pose for the cameras as 12 internationals return to training ahead of crucial Fulham clash

  • Pep Guardiola had his full Manchester City squad back together on Thursday
  • Sergio Aguero and Co messed around for the cameras during their latest session
  • City are preparing for a huge game against struggling Fulham on Saturday
  • City are two points behind league leaders Liverpool but have a game in hand

Manchester City might be embroiled in one of the Premier League‘s tightest ever title races, but the pressure doesn’t appear to be affecting Pep Guardiola‘s men.

Sergio Aguero and Co appeared completely relaxed in Thursday afternoon’s training session, even messing around for the cameras during a break in play.

The Argentine was joined by Danilo, Riyad Mahrez, Vincent Kompany, Bernardo Silva, Eliaquim Mangala, Benjamin Mendy and Aro Muric for one posed-up picture, with most of the City stars putting on a moody front. 

Manchester City stars Danilo, Sergio Aguero, Eliaquim Mangala, Bernardo Silva, Vincent Kompany, Riyad Mahrez, Benjamin Mendy and Aro Muric pose for the cameras during training

Mahrez, Silva and Mendy appeared in good spirits during Thursday afternoon's session

Mahrez, Silva and Mendy appeared in good spirits during Thursday afternoon’s session

Pep Guardiola smiles as he puts his players through their paces ahead of the clash with Fulham

Pep Guardiola smiles as he puts his players through their paces ahead of the clash with Fulham



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Mahrez, Silva and Mendy were also captured pulling off an identical pose as City stepped up their preparations for Saturday’s crucial game with Fulham.

Guardiola, meanwhile, appeared in good spirits ahead of this weekend’s clash as he was pictured smiling while jogging during the session.

The trip to Craven Cottage could be pivotal in the title race, with City needing three points to go back above leaders Liverpool.  

They will fancy their chances of doing exactly that after Guardiola welcomed back 12 players from international duty on Thursday.

Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva, who represented Germany and Portugal respectively, were among those back in action at City’s Football Academy.  

John Stones missed out on a place in the England squad due to injury, but he appears close to a return after being pictured celebrating with fellow defender Vincent Kompany during the session. 

Defenders John Stones (left) and Vincent Kompany raise their arms to the sky on Thursday

Defenders John Stones (left) and Vincent Kompany raise their arms to the sky on Thursday

Leroy Sane was back in action after representing Germany during the international break

Leroy Sane was back in action after representing Germany during the international break

Mangala and Phil Foden in action during Thursday's session at City's Football Academy

Mangala and Phil Foden in action during Thursday’s session at City’s Football Academy

Meanwhile, Danilo has revealed who he wants City to face in this season’s Champions League final as they chase the Quadruple.

Asked about facing his former side Porto for Europe’s top honour, the Brazilian defender told Ojogo: ‘I hope so, it would be very special.

‘I play for City, I am very grateful to be in the Premier League and to work with this technical team. 

‘We are in a fantastic moment, fighting for everything. I would like to have another Champions [League winners medal], but it would be special.’ 

Ilkay Gundogan plays a pass under pressure from Foden as City gear up to face Fulham

Ilkay Gundogan plays a pass under pressure from Foden as City gear up to face Fulham

Brazilian trio Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Danilo walk out for training on Thursday

Brazilian trio Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Danilo walk out for training on Thursday

Aguero will be looking to continue his fine form in front of goal at Craven Cottage on Saturday

Aguero will be looking to continue his fine form in front of goal at Craven Cottage on Saturday

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