Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City coach, insisted that his players have to stay fully focused as the title race is still far from being over and they still can easily lose the title in the end.
The Spaniard knows that there are still plenty of matches to go this season and his team will have to remain focused – and ahead of the clash with Liverpool away from home, he added that there are many more difficult matches like that about to come. Despite the 15-point lead, nothing has been decided yet and he refused to consider his team to be the champions already…
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach spoke about the situation in the league as he said, according to ESPN: “In football and in sport, anything can happen. Of course, we can lose the title because you never know what is going to happen in the next 13 or 14 games you have to play. Of course, if we maintain our level, the consistency and the way we play, then OK, we have a chance. But you never know.”
He also added that if the form will get worse, anything can happen: “If we start to go down, and lose confidence, and don’t play well regularly, then we will see. Maybe that is going to happen, and I am going to shake the hand of my opponents and congratulate them for being champions. But it is simple — just focus on the next game. That is the best advice I can give to my players.”
In the end, Pep Guardiola insisted that his team will have to be aware of Liverpool’s counter-attacks in the next game: “Jurgen Klopp is a master of the counter-attack, so they’re a team who can arrive in the finishing area in three or four touches. [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane are tough guys for us to control, especially when we lose the ball in dangerous positions because they are so fast, so quick and so clever in the box.”