Guardiola: City Are Not UCL Flops


(Files) Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola looks on as Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero goes down with an injury during a football match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on February 10, 2018.

City will seal the title if they beat Spurs on Saturday and United lose at home to bottom side West Brom on Sunday.

The result narrowed the gap to at the top to still what looks like an unassailable 13 point lead, but having also now lost three games in a week (two to Liverpool in the Champions League and and the Manchester Derby), Pep Guardiola is refusing to rule out an end of season collapse, and has used examples from Spanish football and the National Basketball Association to prove his point.

"Aguero is injured", Guardiola said.

Going into the game against Spurs, City lost both UEFA Champions League ties against Liverpool and also suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United in the league. But it doesn't depend on the United result, it's in our hands, it's up to us to win our games, and we are able to win [the] two games [needed]. But we have handled the pressure all season.

Regarding how pressure is more intense when trying to seal the title, Guardiola said: "That will be good for our future, you have to handle that".

"We are able to win two games".

"Of course it can happen, I assure you". The players know that, I don't need to tell them.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates with Kevin De Bruyne right and David Silva after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London England

"Two years ago, never before, in the National Basketball Association finals one team recovered from 3-1 down". Cavaliers won against Golden State Warriors 4-3. So we have to play tomorrow and after that we see the result from United.

"When the opponent is good, we will congratulate our opponents on beating us, and after learn from that for the next game".

Despite a 13-point lead over second-placed Manchester United with six games left, the Spaniard insists his side are still vulnerable and need to "focus".

Despite the disappointment of losing to United, City have still only dropped 12 points all season, but Guardiola is remaining cautious.

"The league is played over a lot of games and we need five points from six games", he said.

The Red Devils used the action as a payback to replicate what the Citizens did to them in the reverse fixture won by Pep Guardiola's side last December.

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During the defeat the two defeats to Liverpool, City were on the wrong end of three incorrect offside decisions that would have been overturned by VAR but clubs have voted against it being introduced.

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