Guardiola wants competitive games for young players after Brahim Diaz departure

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"We thank Jamie for his assistance in the situation, who I am sure did not expect his day to pan out such as it did when he flew from NI that morning!"

Guardiola rejected claims he had ordered the grass to be grown longer at the Etihad Stadium ahead of last week's 2-1 win over Liverpool, which reignited the Premier League title race. We want to cut the field always. "We have an opponent [Liverpool] that has done better than us, without us having him, and that can happen".

"They don't compete really and that's why sometimes it's hard to put them [in the team]... that's why they train with us, sometimes they play in the cup, sometimes go on loan, to see how they develop in that position".

"I never speak with the groundsmen..."

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"Subject to a satisfactory test against Gillingham, Burton Albion and Chelsea will both feature VAR at their Carabao Cup Semi-Final home fixture, alongside the Final at Wembley on Sunday 24 February".

Asked if he was disappointed to lose Diaz, Guardiola said: "No".

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"We wish him all the best". Of course going to Real Madrid is not a bad step and hopefully he can get the minutes he didn't get in the last period for many reasons.

When he was an academy player at Malaga, Brahim Diaz was a ball-boy for first-team games when Isco was running the show.

As the English game begins to earn itself a reputation for letting its best talent leave without properly offering up decent first team opportunities, Guardiola said managers needed to have "more courage" in their younger players. What we have to do is, the people we believe have a chance to go there, to do everything, in training with us and be with us, and trust with them.

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