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Guardiola talks down prospect of title party against United

13 March 2018
Guardiola talks down prospect of title party against United

Four more wins from their last nine fixture will see Pep Guardiola's men crowned champions but should the Citizens when their next two games - against Stoke on Monday night and Everton after the worldwide break - then victory over Manchester rivals United at the beginning of April will be all that is required to seal the deal.

- City must then win the Manchester derby to clinch the title on that day, with a win putting them 19 points clear with 18 points to play for.

'Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it's a once in a lifetime opportunity (to win the title against United) but steady, it won't be handed to us, ' Kompany said.

"We want to be champions and it is in our hands". "But it's good for me to play".

"To motivate my players is really easy, we are not champions yet, and when we are, we must carry on, to focus on the next goals which is the Champions League quarter-finals", said Guardiola.

He's a huge competitor.

After the final whistle blew, Guardiola told Sky Sports News: "We are very close now, we have 81 points which is a lot!"

Guardiola has made sure to give his own support to midfielder David Silva, who has been allowed to miss a number of matches over the past three months for compassionate reasons. His family and son are the most important thing.

"I understand that it is important to our fans to win it against United", Guardiola said, "but the target is the next game at Everton. Last season we were there and it was good and that's why we're going to the airport now".

"Of course, he knows he has to train because you can not play well if you don't train for a long time".

"In the bad moments, I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future, they were there".

The Argentinian was an unused sub in October when they went to the Etihad and returned home on the end of a 7-2 thumping.

City were without top scorer Sergio Aguero but his absence mattered little as they barely needed to get out of second gear against the relegation-threatened Potters. "He is shy, he doesn't speak too much, but on the pitch he is a guy who never hides in tough conditions when the game is not going well".

"The way they play is terrific, you don't really see it until you get close up, it's so hard to stop".

"I think all the players, they run without the ball and try to regain with desire and with the ball we try to do our best".