Fail Newport test and you are dropped

Fail Newport test and you are dropped

Pep Guardiola has issued a stark warning to any of his Manchester City players ahead of their FA Cup tie at lowly Newport County.

If they fail to treat Newport with the respect they deserve or are put off by the treacherous state of the Rodney Parade pitch, they can forget about playing in the glamour games that follow.

The team from South Wales share their ground with two rugby union teams, so the Premier League leaders will not find the surface much to their liking.

City resume their Champions League campaign with the first leg of their last-16 tie away to Schalke on Wednesday before taking on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final a week on Sunday, so the big games are coming thick and fast.

Throw in the title race with  Liverpool and it would be easy to regard a match against a team 15th in League Two – 82 places beneath them – as a chance to relax, but Guardiola will not accept anything less than the maximum.

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