Arsenal make the short trip across London to face struggling West Ham on Sunday, with Guardiola expecting Mikel Arteta’s men to punish any slip from second-placed City against Leicester.
Pep Guardiola and Erling Haaland
Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City stars that a shock defeat against Leicester on Saturday could end their hopes of winning the Premier League title. Guardiola’s side host second-bottom Leicester knowing a victory would close the gap on leaders Arsenal to three points. But the City manager is convinced Arsenal will not slip up again after last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool gave the champions renewed hope of a fifth title in six seasons. Arsenal make the short trip across London to face struggling West Ham on Sunday, with Guardiola expecting Mikel Arteta’s men to punish any slip from second-placed City against Leicester.
“Everybody knows that if we lose games we lose competitions. That’s why our attention to details is higher. It’s the same tomorrow—if we lose the game, we will not be champions. If we win we could still be there. But we cannot forget, we are six points behind Arsenal, a team who have dropped few points during the season and have one game a week, with a lot of time for recovery, to analyse and prepare for games,” Guardiola said on Friday.
“It’s so difficult if you drop points. That’s why you have to be there as much as possible,” he added. While Arsenal have just their eight remaining league games to play this season, City are still chasing a treble. They will defend a 3-0 lead in the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich and face Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-finals, before hosting Arsenal in a crucial league clash on April 26.
This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever