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The Spaniard did not wear the ribbon during City's Premier League match against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday but did so during the news conference afterwards.

City collected the EFL Cup with a 3-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley, where an ebullient Mendy led the celebrations, and the runaway leaders are on course to wrap up the Premier League title over the coming weeks.

Winger Raheem Sterling was also back on the training field having missed the past three matches with a muscular problem.

The count related to the Manchester City manager's wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned Catalan politicians during his side's FA Cup defeat at Wigan Athletic on 19 February.

He was not happy with the display, though, saying his players "forgot to attack" and is hoping for better when they travel to relegation-threatened Stoke on Monday. "I just prefer to play at the weekend, when all the other teams are playing".

He said: "I don't like to play on Monday because at the weekend everybody is involved and when the weekend is over, they are like "the weekend is over, there are no more games", but we have to play. Fabian Delph is like this, like that (uncertain)", Guardiola told reporters on Friday. They also have a chance to become the first team to break the 100-points barrier in the history of the English top flight.

Guardiola's side visit struggling Stoke City on Monday as they seek to mount an immediate response to Wednesday's surprise, albeit inconsequential, Champions League loss to Basel.

"But the best example was two days ago".

'I know everyone wants to anticipate the situation, everyone is thinking about when we will win the title.

It was only the manager's second home defeat since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium in July 2016 but it was not a costly one as City still progressed to the quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate victory. "We need to be relaxed, stay calm and think about Stoke City". City thrashed the Potters 7-2 when they met earlier in the campaign but Guardiola is not thrilled about the prospect of a trip to the bet365 Stadium on a Monday night.