BRIGHTON, United Kingdom: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (pix) wants his side to embrace the “privilege” of being in pole position to retain the Premier League title when they travel to Brighton on Sunday. City go into the final day of the season one point ahead of Liverpool after a title race that has raised the bar from anything the Premier League has seen before. Liverpool’s long wait to win the title could unbelievably stretch into its 30th year despite posting the third highest points tally in Premier League history. With victory on England’s south coast on Sunday, City will hit 98 points, two less than their record-breaking campaign last season, but arguably even more impressive having come from seven points behind in January and refusing to budge in a 13-game winning run as the finishing line approaches. “It’s a privilege,“ said Guardiola on Friday. “Is a dream to be here, honestly I didn’t expect months ago when we … [Read more...] about Pressure is a privilege as Man City look to close out title
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Sport Manchester City will be judged only by the trophies they win and failure to seal the Premier League title on Sunday could result in critics trying to "destroy" the team, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday. 10 May 2019 10:45PM Bookmark REUTERS: Manchester City will be judged only by the trophies they win and failure to seal the Premier League title on Sunday could result in critics trying to "destroy" the team, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.Defending champions City lead Liverpool by a point ahead of the final game of the season and a victory at Brighton & Hove Albion will ensure Guardiola's side become the first English team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009.However, the Spaniard is wary of critics if Liverpool pip City at the post, pointing to the questions they faced about their mentality when they were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Tottenham Hotspur."We saw that in the Champions League... when you are out … [Read more...] about Only trophies will silence critics, says Man City’s Guardiola
Defending champions City have the upper hand as they lead by a point knowing they only have to match Liverpool's result to become the first side in a decade to retain the title. Liverpool have not lifted the league since 1990, but could not have done much more to finally end that wait after posting a club record 94 points with one game to spare. Incredibly the Reds could post the third highest points tally ever in the Premier League with victory against Wolves and still miss out. "Both teams deserve the title. But it can be just one. The team that is going to lose can't have regrets because they have given everything," said City boss Pep Guardiola. Statistically this is the greatest Premier League title race of all-time, but AFP Sports looks at what rivals it for drama from the history books. 2011/12 - Aguero snatches the title It is rare for the title to be won on the final day, even rarer to do it in the final minute of stoppage time in the final game. Should City seal … [Read more...] about Man City v Liverpool: The best ever English title race?
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM: Aymeric Laporte hailed the influence of Vincent Kompany after Manchester City’s inspirational captain struck a stunning winner in the critical Premier League clash with Leicester. The long-serving defender once again proved the man for the big occasion as he netted with a ferocious long-range strike 20 minutes from time to settle a tense encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. The 1-0 win lifted treble-chasing City back to the top of the Premier League, one point ahead of Liverpool, with just one game remaining in a gripping title race. Kompany’s decisive contribution ranked alongside his vital winner against rivals Manchester United during the 2012 title run-in for importance. Fitness issues may mean the 33-year-old is no longer a regular starter but the influence of the three-time title-winning skipper shows no sign of waning even though he admits his future is uncertain. “It is amazing, unbelievable,“ said fellow central … [Read more...] about Kompany hailed after breathtaking Man City winner
Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to Leicester means Chelsea now hold a two-point lead over the Gunners in the chase for Champions League football next season with United a further point back in sixth with just two games remaining. In contrast to the faltering form of all four contenders for third and fourth, as Tottenham also lost at home to West Ham on Saturday, the top two continue to cede no ground in the title race. City extended their winning run to 12 straight Premier League games and now just need to win their final two at home to Leicester and away to Brighton to retain their title and stretch Liverpool's long wait to win the league to at least 30 years. Pep Guardiola cut a frustrated figure as City laboured for the first 45 minutes at Turf Moor. However, they clicked into gear after the break and wave upon wave of attack on the Burnley goal was finally rewarded after the hour mark when Sergio Aguero's shot squeezed just 29 millimetres over the line before Matt Lowton hacked … [Read more...] about Man City back on top, De Gea costs Man Utd once more