Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must win all games to retain title

Ruben Hill
April 15, 2019

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool now lead the Premier League by two points from title rivals City, though the Merseyside club have played a game more than Pep Guardiola's side.

"Man City are still top of the league without him for most of season and that's credit to the players, but he makes them a better team".

"With Pep Guardiola, we are witnessing an wonderful title race, the two teams play the right way, the managers perform the right way".

Sunday was billed as a potentially telling day in the title race, as the conclusion of City's encounter with Palace was to be shortly followed by Liverpool's meeting with Chelsea at Anfield.

It means City remain two points behind but, crucially, they have a game in hand, and Guardiola believes they can not afford a single slip-up during the run-in.

Selhurst Park has been a graveyard for title campaigns in the recent past, notably when Liverpool's wheels came off in 2014 and City suffered a similar fate a year later.

And while Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus netted the goals at Selhurst Park, it was De Bruyne who pulled the strings. "If we win the last six games then we will be champions".

City were two points behind Liverpool going into the match with a game in hand, so there was no margin error.

City host Tottenham on Wednesday looking to overturn the 1-0 first-leg deficit in their Champions League quarter-final and keep their quadruple dream alive. Those are incredible numbers, especially in the Premier League, and shows how consistent we are. No doubts. Why should I not trust them to continue [handling the nerves]?

"I think they have been very lucky in the past one or two months".

"I can only say what everyone else knows".

'Palace help Kevin De Bruyne in the first half - there is lethargy about their performance, ' Murphy said on Match of the Day 2.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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