MANCHESTER City boss Pep Guardiola believes
the pressure of needing to win every one of their remaining Premier League
matches to finish ahead of Liverpool will boost their quadruple bid.
City, with the League Cup already in the
bag, are chasing an unprecedented clean sweep, with the Premier League,
Champions League and FA Cup also in their sights.
They can return to the top of the table if
they win their game in hand against struggling Cardiff on Wednesday.
City play an out-of-sorts Tottenham in the
Champions League quarterfinals next week and Brighton in the FA Cup semifinals
Liverpool, seeking their first English
top-flight title since 1990, beat Spurs in a dramatic finish on Sunday to restore
their two-point lead.
“For the semifinal and for the
Champions League, being in the position in the Premier League where you know if
you don’t win you are going to lose the Premier League, maybe that’s going to
help us for the other competitions,” said Guardiola.
“If you are 10 points in front you can
maybe be a little more selective.
“But now there’s no other option, we
don’t have any other choice, so every game we have to win, if not you drop that
“So that’s why sometimes to play with
that pressure is nice, it’s necessary to get the best out of ourselves.”
Guardiola is bidding to add a second
Premier League title to go with the three he won in Germany and three in Spain
with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
He said the performance of the players in
the routine 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday suggested
they are in the right place mentally.
“There’s no complaints about our
mentality, what happened last season and this season again,” said
Guardiola. “The players are not stupid, about the fact we’re trying
something so difficult to achieve.
“The way we started to play against
Fulham, they showed me we want to do it.
“What’s next is Cardiff, so we’ll prepare well, and go like a machine to win, to play, and try to win. Mentally the players are ready.” – AFP
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