Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hoping that his side's hectic fixture list will work to their advantage in the race for the Premier League title.
When asked whether he felt his side's busy schedule would be a disadvantage, Guardiola insisted that it could also be a positive.
[Maybe] when you are fresh mentally and in the legs in the latter stages, but if you play every three days everyone is in rhythm, everyone is focused.
"When Wigan scored in the last minutes [in the fifth round of the 2017/18 FA Cup], congratulations Wigan and out of the cup and go to Abu Dhabi for five days but we are not going to organise our schedule to go to Abu Dhabi.
Including the game against Huddersfield Town on Sunday, Guardiola's side face a stretch of four matches in nine days, and the Premier League have been forced to reschedule City 's clash with Everton as a result of their cup competition requirements.
By contrast, Liverpool face just one match over the same period, and they will be relieved to be able to focus the majority of their interests on the Premier League.
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