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Manchester City must win every game until the end of the season – Guardiola


Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must win all of their remaining five games if they are to be crowned Premier League champions.

City laid down a statement of intent to rivals Arsenal and Liverpool on Thursday night by thrashing Brighton 4-0 at the Amex Stadium.

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The victory comes a few days after Guardiola’s men booked their place in back-to-back FA Cup finals having been dumped out of the Champions League a week earlier.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Julian Alvarez alongside a Phil Foden brace rounded off a fantastic performance from last season’s Treble winners, but the man in charge believes there is still work to do in the remaining weeks.

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, he said: “I give a lot of credit because I know the opposition we face.

“Brighton have been struggling with a lot of absences this season and even so they still play with courage and never give up, they will continue to do it.

“But it is a good result for us, really good. We scored four goals, that’s the key.

“We spoke as a team that if we did not have the ball we would suffer. The players, they did it very well.

“I said before, what we have done in the past, it does not mean we will do it in the future.

“There are five games left, we know the margins are so tight. We have to win every one. Each game we are closer.”

The win sees City close the gap to Arsenal to just one point, but the champions do have a game in hand and the Gunners travel to Tottenham this weekend in a must-win match.

Liverpool were beaten 2-0 by Everton on Wednesday but Guardiola refused to write the Reds off, even though they have the opportunity to go five points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

When asked if the title race was down to two teams now, he said: “It is not. What happened to Liverpool, two defeats in a row, it can happen to Arsenal, it can happen to us.

“What is important is that still we are there. There is a lot of games to play.”

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.


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