In a recent interview, Pep Guardiola insisted to the press that Manchester City cannot afford to drop any more points if they want to stay in the race for the Premier League title.
The 2021/22 Premier League champions could see themselves five points adrift if Arsenal win their game in hand against Everton on Wednesday night.
In a recent press conference, the Manchester City boss said:
“I have the feeling many things are going to happen in the Premier League. Everyone is going to drop points but we cannot drop many if we are going to fight until the end.”
Even though the Manchester side snatched three points at the Emirates in a 3-1 win, City have been a team who have been inconsistent for the majority of this season.
Some results included in the recent drop in form were a 1-1 draw in the Champions League to Leipzig and a 1-1 draw to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola commented on his team’s recent form:
“The game we are playing is good. The results could be better in terms of winning at Spurs or Nottingham, but sometimes that happens. Of course it’s not exceptional, it’s OK, it’s good, but I don’t have complaints with the way we are playing and fighting.
I said after the last game against Bournemouth that the mood in the locker room is exceptional and the guys are doing everything, and that’s enough for me.”
The Nottingham Forest draw is now seen as more of a lifeline by Arsenal fans as it’s allowed the North London club to remain at the top of the Premier League. A recent 1-0 win at Leicester has restored some faith in the Arsenal ranks after a string of poor performances including a 1-0 loss at Goodison park.
Although Manchester City’s undeniable mentality, this is Arsenal’s league title for the taking right now and Pep Guardiola knows how important it is for Manchester City to continue performing if they want any chance of lifting the Premier League trophy.
"I don't have time to watch" 😳
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