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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made a hard to believe statement on League Two side Newport County, ahead of their FA Cup fifth round clash on Saturday.

Guardiola believes Newport are better than his side ‘in some areas’.

“We are going to suffer because they are taller and stronger than us. In some areas, they will be better than us.” Guardiola said

“They have done incredibly well in this competition. What they do really well. We have watched many games to see what they do.

“It is the cup. We know what happened last season at Wigan. Anything can happen. We will take this very seriously, I am sure about that.”

This will be Newport’s first fifth-round fixture since 1949.