Man City boss Pep Guardiola sends demand to players after Liverpool win again | Football | Sport


In the biggest six days of the season in hand, Manchester City play their Premier League game-in-hand against Cardiff on Wednesday, face Brighton at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday and then travel to Tottenham’s new stadium for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Even though they already have the Carabao Cup tucked safely under their belts, Guardiola remains under no illusions as to how hard it will be to pick up those remaining three pieces of silverware.

“The way we are starting to play, the players show me they want to try to go for it,” he said.

“It is so difficult but they want to try.

“We must not think too much. What’s next is Cardiff – we need to go like a machine to win.

“I think they are ready.

“When you have a ten point lead in front of the Premier League, you can be a little more selective, you know.

“But now there is not another option. We don’t have a choice.

“Every game in every week we have to win.”

City saw their lead at the top of the table disappear on Sunday after Liverpool left it late to beat Spurs at Anfield.

However, the lead at the top could be a temporary one – with Guardiola’s side having a game-in-hand over the Reds.

“City last year were champions and are still pretty good,” Klopp said after the narrow victory.

“We have to fight like crazy. The crowd was outstanding.

“They were really here to push us and at the end it helped.

“It is only positive. I said there are 500 ways to win a football game and today was slightly ugly. Who cares?

“I am really happy we don’t have any breaks now. We compete with the best team in world for one position and that is really hard.”

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