Man City boss Guardiola needs Hull of a boost

When there is the possibility to send some message, I think these players don't need this message. While Chelsea are not yet mathematically confirmed for the title, Wednesday's three points against the pre-season title favorites have gone a long way towards restoring any confidence that may have been sapped by the surprise defeat at the weekend.

They have also been eliminated from the Champions League by Monaco during that period, meaning that the City manager's only realistic hope of ending his first season in England with a trophy lies with the FA Cup.

They took a 10th-minute lead when Eden Hazard scored via a deflection off his Belgium team-mate Vincent Kompany, who made his first City start since January.

"The respect is always important". Antonio Conte knows this and said as much on March 7th following a 3-1 win over West Ham United.

Eden Hazard's double sandwiched an equaliser from Sergio Aguero, as City fell 14 points adrift of the table-toppers with just eight fixtures remaining.

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Chelsea midfielder Fabregas admits his team have been feeling the heat lately, but he is confident the way they recovered from the Palace setback proved title nerves won't trigger a stunning meltdown in the final weeks of the season.

Speaking at news conference ahead of City's game with Hull City on Saturday, Guardiola tried to play down the incident, although he did say that his teams are polite when they win. Okay we are a little bit disappointed, but I quite happy with the way we made good things in this season. If someone wants to know something about me, then they must ask me. I thought we were the better team...

While it naturally took some time for the 30-year-old to get up to speed with the game, he looked the part as it went on and he provided a reminder of just how important he can still be for City.

"I came here with big motivation to work and help our players to improve, to keep us altogether at the club and fight until the end of the season".

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