Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, believes his squad cannot afford a single mistake if they are to beat “one of the finest teams in football history” to the Premier League title.
With a 3-0 win over Brighton, City recovered the top spot from Liverpool and now leads by a point with six games remaining.
“We will be champs if we win all of our games. The players are well aware of this.”
He continued, ” “We are aware of the difficult games ahead of us, and we must strive to perform as well as we did tonight in order to win them all. If we achieve this, we will rejoice; if we do not, we will congratulate Liverpool.”
City and Liverpool have been at odds all season, with both league games ending in a 2-2 draw and the Reds winning the FA Cup semi-final 3-2 last weekend.
Both teams are in the Champions League’s last four and are favorites to play in the final.
However, before the first legs of their European semi-finals next week, when City will face Real Madrid and Liverpool will face Villarreal, Guardiola’s side will play Watford in the league on Saturday, followed by Jurgen Klopp’s side playing Everton the following day.
City won their final 14 games of the 2018-19 season to win the title by a point over Liverpool, and Guardiola believes the same level of attention and determination will be required to win the league this season.
Pep Guardiola believes the Champions League games and injuries – Nathan Ake and John Stones suffered minor ailments against Brighton, according to Guardiola – might be a role.
“We won 14 games in a row to become champions a few years ago. We will be champs if we win all of our games “Added he.
“It is contingent upon weariness and injury, as well as the Champions League.
“We just have a month – possibly five weeks. We will do everything we can to be the best in those games for the next eleven months, and when it comes down to one month, we will do all we can to be the greatest in those games.
“We have three difficult away games [against Leeds, West Ham, and Wolves], but it’s only six games, so we’ll give it our all; after that, who knows what will happen.
“We’re up against one of the best football sides in history, and they have it all. The players are well aware of this. We were better in the game we played here [the 2-2 draw with the Reds], but we couldn’t win.
“We have no possibility of losing any points. We’ve played under pressure before, knowing that we had to win.”
Guardiola was overjoyed by his team’s qualification for the Champions League next season, which was secured with the win over Brighton.
“This is one of the finest days of my life,” he remarked, “since we will be in the Champions League next season.” “People assume it, but we must compete in the Champions League.
“When this occurs mathematically, it is because we have performed exceptionally well. If you ask any club what their goal is, they will tell you that it is to qualify for the Champions League. We’ve done it before.”