Pep Guardiola Knows What Man City Need To Do To Overtake Arsenal
Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has noted that his team has to be almost perfect to overtake Arsenal in the Premier League table.
Pep Guardiola and his boys are currently sitting in the second spot on the league table, eight points below first-placed Arsenal with a game in hand.
Later tonight, Guardiola and his team will travel to Stamford Bridge to take on struggling Chelsea. The game is scheduled to kick off at 21:00.
Just like Chelsea who are condemned to win the game to stand a brighter chance of finishing in the top four this season, Manchester City must win to close the gap between them and first-placed Arsenal.
Ahead of the game, Pep Guardiola said: “The way they (Arsenal) played against Newcastle again impressed me a lot. They dropped two points but they didn’t drop the quality [with which] they played.
“We have to be almost perfect, I would say, from here to the end of the season and hope they drop a little bit in their performance.
“But, at the same time, I see the way we played the last games, and the feeling is good.
“My target always as a manager is to try to be yourself and be better than the opponent, and after if you concede one shot and they score and we can’t score, you have to accept it and move forward.
“What I want to see is us still fight, don’t give up, not now, until the last chance, until the last drop of water we can fight to win the Premier League, and the moment we are not able to win the Premier League we have to be ready to compete next season. This is when teams are really good.”
Guardiola acknowledged that his team faces pressures that their competitors are unaware of, despite winning the title four out of the previous five seasons and having a strong financial position.
“The advantage of Arsenal and Manchester United right now is nobody has to win the Premier League for 20 points ahead in November like Manchester City has to – and this is sometimes a big problem”, the Spanish tactician added.
“People say, ‘Ah, yes, you are…’ Yes, we are, but with Arsenal winning all their games and you are seven or eight points behind… it [Arsenal winning the title] can happen.”