Guardiola plays down talk of Man City title challenge

Date published: Sunday 5th March 2017 8:04

Pep Guardiola: Believes City are well behind

Pep Guardiola has once again talked down Manchester City’s chances of challenging Chelsea for the Premier league title.

City ran out 2-0 winners at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.

The three points lifted the Sky Blues into third place, but Pep is not getting carried away with talks of a title race.

“It’s a pity that the distance, the gap between Chelsea is so big,” said Guardiola. “We are there behind Chelsea, who are almost unstoppable, but we are there for the rest of the teams.

“You have to judge us and our performances. I said many times that we are here in the last month not thinking too much about the big targets or objectives, it is just about winning the next game. That is the way we’ve focussed on the on the last month or two months.

“I feel we are playing quite good and that’s why we are making results, but now we are in a position when you arrive in March and April when if you win every game you stay but if you lose you are out.

“In the Premier League, the Cup, the Champions League, we know just to look at the next game. If we lose, we are out. That’s why we have to continue, now comes Stoke City and it is so important for us and we need our supporters because people will start to be tired.”

Guardiola also sung the praises of Sergio Aguero, who has come into form after questions over his city future.

“I was very pleased with Sergio,” Guardiola stated. “When this kind of huge player sometimes doesn’t play there is always a debate. It’s always ‘why, why, why’. We have an exceptional relationship.

“We are honest and I said to him from the beginning to him when I came, everything was good and when Gabriel came here I gave him continuity. But I have to involve both of them when they are fit. His goals are so important.

“In the last game against Huddersfield he played awesome and scored two goals. Today another one and he had more chances and he helped us a lot in our game and our build-up. Again, brilliant, really brilliant.”

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