Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he aims to beat Liverpool‘s title challenge by amassing a record points haul in the Premier League this season. To achieve this, Manchester City have to win their remaining 15 games and surpass their own record 100-point haul from last season.
According to Telegraph, Guardiola is also aiming for his side to become the first side in nearly a decade to successfully defend their Premier League crown. He has charged his City wards to ensure that there is no margin of error in the games left to be played this season.
In his words:
I would say it’s not the fact of breaking the record – that doesn’t matter really – but we’ll have to win a lot of games to be champions, yes. They [Liverpool] are not going to drop too many points. I don’t know what we need to do to win the title but I’m pretty sure we’ll have to win a lot of games and the first one is Newcastle. They [Liverpool] are not going to drop too many in the Premier League and we are going to demand to be there, so all we can do is be there.
They [the players] know it – we spoke about it. Before [with] 85, 87, 89 [points] – you could be champions. Now you have to be over 90 points. In both situations, [playing] later or earlier, we need to win the games. If not, it’s almost over. Every game is almost a final and it’s the same in the cups. All the teams who want to win the title have to feel the pressure, but you have to handle it. I don’t know what they will think [if we close the gap to one point]. I’m not in the locker room for Jurgen’s club.
All we can do is win our games and they will feel that Manchester City is always there. It’s all we can do. To play with them one point in front compared to four or seven or 10 – it’s different, of course, but all we can do is the same.
Manchester City’s could reduce the gap between themselves and Jurgen Klopp‘s men to a point with a win in their next game against Newcastle and Guardiola aims to take full advantage.