Pep Guardiola is confident in his team’s abilities despite a tightly packed schedule. On the heels of amassing their 20th win in succession, Manchester City face Wolves next. Then they have a hugely vital Manchester derby at the weekend.
Speaking ahead of the match, Pep touched on many topics from form, injuries, best teams in Europe, the match v Wolves and much more.
Let’s dive in-
“Yeah, but we want to beat them to,” he said when asked if teams will have extra motivation with City on the verge of another record.
“We don’t want to stop. We know how important this eight days is with Wolves, United and Southampton. If we are able to do what we want to do, we will make an incredible step.
“I want to see the team focusing. I said many times lately, we see what we have done and reflect on that and keep going to take three more points rather than look at what we have done so far.”
“Everyone is fine,” he added. Except Nathan, the rest of the players are fine.
“The history against them shows us how tough it has been and tomorrow it will be.
“We know exactly the type of game we have to play and to be so intense but at the same time be calm because they play with ambition and patience to punish you.
“We have to be so clever because the last years have been tough, with the quality of players they have. This year it will be no exception.”
“We are delighted with what we have done so far but at the end what counts is the trophies,” Guardiola declared.
“The crown, if you want to take it, you have to win. In March nobody is a champion.
“(There are) 36 points to play for. A lot of points. Just in England, every team can lose in one week and everything will be the same.
“Right now, the champions are Liverpool and in Europe it is Bayern Munich. If you want the honour, you have to win it with these 36 points.”
Good points by Pep. It sure is a tough and packed schedule, but this team is uniquely prepared for it as the depth on this squad is fantastic.
He is also right trophies will be the results that matter, if not this streak will be for naught. That starts with the next match v Wolves.