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Manchester City have 10 games remaining in the Premier League and returned to training last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak in March.
Liverpool are expected to run away with the title this season, but City boss Pep Guardiola has warned that his side came perfectly from the enforced coronavirus holiday.
Guardiola, who led City to a domestic treble last season, told the official Manchester City website: “Yeah, really good,” he said about his squad’s fitness. “I think they were looking forward to coming back and to train again and do what they like.
“They came back perfectly. We follow the rules, the protocol. We have to. That’s the most important thing. We don’t do anything special.”
The Spaniard also took out time to praise the special health workers who have been working hard to ensure that lives are saved this period.
“The special ones are the doctors, nurses, scientists, cleaners – they put their own lives at risk to save ours,” he added.
“When it’s a special situation around the world, you have to adapt. I think all the fans around the world are waiting to watch football. We want to come back but now the priority is other things.
“It [the message] is still ‘stay safe, be careful, and when everything is possible we will come back’. First, I think without them, but hopefully we come back to a routine.
“But now the most important thing is to follow the instructions. If they say use a mask, stay at home, social distance… we have to do it. Because there are many, many people in the NHS who put their own lives at risk to save ours.”