Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City are SURPRISED they have built such a huge gap over Chelsea and Liverpool at the Premier League summit as they look to extend their lead at Arsenal before their title rivals meet on Sunday
- Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s advantage in the title race is ‘unexpected’
- City fell five points behind Chelsea at the end of October but won 10 in a row
- The reigning champions can extend their advantage with a win at Arsenal
- Title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool meet in Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon
Pep Guardiola claimed Manchester City are surprised that they have taken control of the title race.
City fell five points behind leaders Chelsea at the end of October with defeat by Crystal Palace but have won the 10 matches since.
That has prompted a 13-point swing, with the defending champions looking to extend their advantage away at Arsenal on Saturday before Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are surprised that they have taken control of the title race
‘It’s an unexpected situation,’ Guardiola said. ‘Not even a month ago we were four or five points behind Chelsea and Liverpool.
‘Don’t be extremely satisfied when the situation is going good and not extremely depressed (otherwise) because with this amount of games and all the competitions – and I learned a little bit last season because of the covid situation – being relaxed is the best way to approach the next one.’
City were heavily criticised following lacklustre displays against Palace and a home draw with Southampton earlier in the campaign.
Scrutiny on the club’s failure to sign a replacement for Sergio Aguero increased but Guardiola has since seen goals shared around his vast array of attacking threats.
City fell five points behind Chelsea at the end of October but have won the 10 matches since
Sixteen players have found the net this term, with Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva topping the charts on seven each. City are threatening to rack up a run of consecutive victories akin to last season, when they offered the chasing pack no hope.
‘Thinking about the long runs is stupid,’ Guardiola added. ‘It’s just what’s next, be ready and the most important thing is the desire and the commitment. The team has to say, “yeah, I want to do it, I want to go there, and try to go again”.
‘They compete against each other, we have five or six incredible strikers and we can just play three. Everyone was involved. Raheem and Riyad (Mahrez) were the best players against Leicester and at Brentford they didn’t play one minute.
‘In this kind of period everyone will be involved. And everyone makes their incredible contribution and that is why we are where we are.’