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‘The opponent is so tough’; Guardiola up for Liverpool battle as Man City down ‘difficult’ Burnley

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Pep Guardiola felt conditions were against Manchester City scoring more goals against Burnley and urged his men to continue their fight with Liverpool.

The champions went into the Turf Moor encounter having seen Liverpool usurp them at the top of the standings. But they were soon back on top as first-half goals by Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan gave them all three points. The Etihad outfit were totally dominant throughout the contest.

And they should have added to their tally as substitute Gabriel Jesus wasted a few decent opportunities. The Brazilian also hit the post late in the game.

Guardiola always knew it would be tough for his men to play their natural game at Burnley. And he admitted that another goal would have settled the nerves.

“We’re many years playing in these types of games,” he told PLP. “We scored early on so that helped us a lot. But the game is never finished until you score the third or fourth.

“The pitch was so difficult because the grass was high, no water and everything was so slow. But we did well and won the game.”

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Next up in the league is a clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. And Guardiola expects it to be a pivotal match in the race for the title.

“The next Premier League game we will play against Liverpool so we know they are going to win almost all the games – hopefully not the next one – but we will try to do the same,” he added.

Guardiola hails City fight

Manchester City are now a point clear of the Merseysiders at the top of the standings. There are still eight games to go for both clubs before the trophy is handed out in May.

The Citizens are slight favourites given that they are currently at the summit and have experience of winning the title. But Guardiola is only looking forward and urged his men to keep scrapping for every point.

“What you have done in the past doesn’t mean it will happen again,” he continued. “Every game will be like this. We need to play these games with this target and we will try.

“When you arrive in May challenging to lift the title it means you have had an incredible season.

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“Being here is because we work a lot and we have done that every single season. That is a lot of credit for the whole organisation.

“We will fight. The opponent is so tough and good but they said we will make a proper battle and we accept that.”

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