Guardiola: Premier League title race similar to Barca-Madrid battles

LYON, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 27: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Group F match of the UEFA Champions League between Olympique Lyonnais and Manchester City at Groupama Stadium on November 27, 2018 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola believes that the Premier League title race he is experiencing at Manchester City is similar to the one he had at Barcelona against Real Madrid in La Liga

The Catalan coach led Barcelona to three Spanish league titles before losing to Real in his final season in charge for the 2011/12 campaign.

Since then, Guardiola has won the Bundesliga crown with Bayern Munich three times and the Premier League with City last season.

But the pressure of delivering in the English top-flight with the strength of the competing teams shares similarities to what Guardiola had in La Liga.

“It’s quite similar, it can have that feeling, it’s just trying to win every game, you are in front, try to keep the moment, the players know it,” said Guardiola on YouTube.

“Not just Liverpool – Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, [Manchester] United can join us.

“We knew it from the beginning, everyone had that feeling, everyone had it. We had the feeling not just Man City but others – maybe we are going to drop a few points.

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“But the feeling is quite similar, Madrid was always demanding a lot, we have to win and we knew it.

“We can lose games against Real Madrid but we had to win against the others – or we are not able to win the title – 99 points, 96 points, a lot of points.”

Guardiola hopes his City side will be able to pile on the pressure on new league leaders Liverpool this weekend.

The Citizens will host Everton this afternoon at the Etihad Stadium and victory will allow them to temporarily reclaim top spot in the Premier League until Liverpool play Manchester United on Sunday.

“Liverpool and United, the two biggest clubs, 27 years without winning it is many years, I’d say the challenge is to their own history, for them it’s important, but they’re a top side, a top team for the last year,” said Guardiola.

“Eight or nine years playing really well, so competitive and losing few points.

“I don’t know the feeling. They are going to drop few points so we have to be there to be close to them and catch up to them.”