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Matheus Nunes sends strong warning to Liverpool and Arsenal following Manchester City squad update



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Manchester City midfielder Matheus Nunes has sent a strong warning to the club’s Premier League title challengers following developments around the squad.

Following a somewhat rocky first-half to the campaign, despite City’s trophy successes in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, Pep Guardiola and his players have been buoyed by the return of key names to availability.

The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland are now back at full fitness following their respective lengthy lay-offs through injury, and have been firing Manchester City to victories across competitions during the opening seven weeks of 2024.

With Josko Gvardiol and Jack Grealish also set to return in the coming days and weeks ahead, City will feel as though they finally have all their essential tools in their armoury to challenge seriously for their remaining competitions during the second-half of the season.

That is the word from Matheus Nunes, who believes that it will now be “tough” for Manchester City’s opponents to compete with the club for the major honours available given the reigning champions have their squad close to full compliment.

“Specifically in the first-half of the season, we had a lot of players injured,” Nunes highlighted during an interview with Sky Sports. “Maybe that’s what the media meant because now we have almost everyone fully-fit and all the players that we’ve got, and it’s hard for the opponents.”

He continued, “We have an amazing team, probably the best I’ve seen. So of course when we have all the players available it’s tough. In the second-half of the season, like I said, I think the mentality is always there.

“Maybe the results weren’t the ones that we wanted in the first-half of the season because we dropped some points but now with everyone available I think it’s going to be tough for the rest.”

Matheus Nunes has adapted well to life at Manchester City so far this season, since joining the club from Wolverhampton Wanderers on deadline day of the previous summer market.

Pep Guardiola has often leaned towards utilising Nunes in matches where large spaces appear in transitions in the centre of the park, with the Portugal international showcasing an incredible ability to carry the ball at speed over large distances.

So far this season, the 25-year-old has earned himself 22 appearances across all competitions for Manchester City, waiting to score his first goal for the club but providing five assists in the process, with two coming in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League each.