Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised rivals Liverpool and Chelsea, as he admitted all is still to play for in the title race despite City’s lead.
City have established themselves as the team to beat in the Premier League title battle of late. Indeed, a string of 10 successive Premier League wins shows their ruthless nature at the head of the table.
The Citizens have showcased a mix of power and poise throughout this season. A gritty 2-1 win against West Ham contrasts a dominant 7-0 thrashing of Leeds United.
What’s more, City’s latest run has given them an eight-point lead over second-placed Chelsea. Despite the resounding lead, Guardiola feels all is still to play for in the battle for the title.
“There are many games to go,” he said via The Guardian.
“We are eight points in front but there are 54 still to play for and many tough games still to play.”
Wednesday’s narrow 1-0 win against newly-promoted Brentford shows the tough nature of the Premier League. Furthermore, Guardiola also feels the title challengers, Liverpool and Chelsea, pose a real threat.
“I’m not going to believe anyone who says it’s already done. The teams we have with Chelsea and Liverpool are more than exceptional. One is a European champion and Liverpool have been our big rival in the last three or four years,” he said.
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“We have the distance not because they dropped points but because we won 10 in a row. But there are 54 points still to play for.”
The Spaniard understands the complexity of the title race this season. However, City are now firm favourites to go on and win their fourth Premier League title in five years under Guardiola.
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Phil Foden has been one of the standout players for City over the first half of the season. Guardiola was mightily impressed with the 21-year-old against Brentford.
“[He was] exceptional. With Phil he is a football player, and we don’t have doubts about that, about his quality,” he said.
“Always since he came up to training and played with us he has been exceptional.”
Indeed, having gems like Foden among the quality of the City squad is a huge boost. What’s more, Guardiola feels his entire squad flourished against Brentford.
“In general the team was brilliant in many, many aspects,” he said.
What’s more, wins in tight games like that are what make or break a title charge. Guardiola’s side are on the right side of those games more often than not.