PEP: WE MUST WIN EVERY GAME TO RETAIN TITLE
Pep Guardiola believes City must win all the games that remain to fend off the challenge by Liverpool.
The defending champions made it nine Premier League wins on the bounce with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace and the City boss thinks only another five more victories will be enough.
“I am so pleased after the amount of games we have had,” said Pep.
“We played so well for 75 or 80 minutes – and then they scored a we lost a little control for a few minutes, but I am really pleased.
“We expect Liverpool to win all of their remaining games, but the Premier League is in our hands and we have to win all our games and that’s what we need to do if we want to win the title back-to-back.
“The players have shown me they want to do it – I didn’t have any doubts about that – and we have taken three points from a very difficult place to win.
“We have played with incredible personality in the last two or three months – for the last month we’ve known that if we drop points it will be more difficult if not impossible to win the title.
“Of course, Liverpool or we could drop points when you don’t expect, and football is unpredictable in that sense.
“But we don’t have any complaints – we have taken 183 points in two seasons and still have five games left. Those are incredible numbers and show how consistent we are.”
The Catalan also had praise for his defenders, adding that the defensive partnership of Vincent Kompany and Aymeric Laporte were outstanding.