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Pep Guardiola is officially a fantasy football manager’s worst enemy this season

The Manchester City manager has a plethora of options at his disposal - and he intends to use them

Man City have assembled what we can fairly safely describe as the scariest looking squad in Europe.

Everywhere you look you see options, depth and quality as the Premier League champions aim to make this season even better than the last.

But, as a result of their ludicrous talent pool, Pep Guardiola is making life difficult for fantasy football managers.

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Who said ‘bald fraud?’

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Who said ‘bald fraud?’

Guardiola might have the honour of managing the best side in the country but maintaining squad harmony when so many elite players aren’t guaranteed to start is difficult.

And that leaves Dream Teamers having to second guess his line ups and formations.

In City’s first two games this season – the wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield – Guardiola has tweaked his tactics extensively.

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Against the Gunners they were more traditional, starting with four at the back and just one striker in Sergio Aguero leading the line.

But he ripped up the conventional blueprint on Sunday, effectively playing Bernardo Silva as a converted right wing back to accommodate Gabriel Jesus as Aguero’s partner in crime.

That all meant fantasy football favourites like Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez all had to settle for a place on the bench.

Sane hasn’t started either of City’s games

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Sane hasn’t started either of City’s games

The three wingers have all been selected by at least 12% of Dream Team managers, whilst Nicolas Otamendi – who has yet to see any playing time at all – is City’s fifth highest picked player on the game.

Kyle Walker too was hooked for the 6-1 win over the Terriers when many felt he was one of the few names assured of a starting berth.

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It all means we can sympathise with Guardiola’s selection headache as Dream Teamers scratch their heads over their own.

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