Pep Guardiola makes title statement after derby win

Date published: Wednesday 24th April 2019 10:29 - Matthew Briggs

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Pep Guardiola says both Man City and Liverpool deserve to win the title after his City side climbed back to the top with a 2-0 win over Man Utd.

City took a potentially decisive step towards retaining their Premier League title with a vital and hard-fought derby win over Manchester United.

Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and substitute Leroy Sane killed off a fired-up United side at Old Trafford and took City back above Liverpool at the top of the table.

City, who have won their last 11 league matches, now lead the Merseysiders by a point with three games remaining for both sides and Guardiola believes it will be harsh on one side at the end of the season.

Guardiola told Sky Sports: “I understand the pressure we have and obviously here at Old Trafford with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard running behind. I told them we needed to play to win, it doesn’t matter if we concede.

“Now we go to Burnley and we know how tough it will be. It’s important to be calm. We are still not champions with three games left – it’s incredible with the points we have and Liverpool have.

“I told the players don’t read tomorrow, don’t watch the television, just rest and sleep a lot and go in there against Burnley.

“We knew without Romelu Lukaku they would try more runs in behind. The chances we lost came from us losing simple balls in the middle and we changed things in the second half, with Ilkay Gundogan in the middle and with Leroy Sane on we were more dynamic.

“Both teams deserve the title. But it can be just one. The team that is going to lose can’t have regrets because they have given everything. Normally with this kind of victory you can it enjoy it the most but we have to be calm.”

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