Sunday 26 May 2019

'Both teams deserve the title' - Pep Guardiola salutes Man City and Liverpool players as he edges closer to title

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates his side's second goal during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola celebrates his side's second goal during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola suggested two teams deserve to win the Premier League title this season, as his side reclaimed top spot after a 2-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane gave City a huge boost in the title battle with Liverpool, as Guardiola paid tribute to his title rivals in his post-match analysis.

"Both teams deserve the title, but it can be just one," said Guardiola. "The team that is going to lose can't have regrets because they have given everything. Normally with this kind of victory you can it enjoy it the most but we have to be calm.

"I understand the pressure we have and obviously here at Old Trafford with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard running behind. I told them we needed to play to win, it doesn't matter if we concede.

"Now we go to Burnley and we know how tough it will be. It's important to be calm. We are still not champions with three games left - it's incredible with the points we have and Liverpool have.

"I told the players don't read tomorrow, don't watch the television, just rest and sleep a lot and go in there against Burnley.

"We knew without Romelu Lukaku they would try more run in behind. The chances we lost came from us losing simple balls in the middle and we changed things in the second half, with Ilkay Gundogan in the middle and with Leroy Sane on we were more dynamic."

City captain Vincent Kompany admitted his side's 2-0 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford was a 'significant' moment in the title race, but he insisted the battle for the Premier League trophy with Liverpool was not yet over.

City need to win their final three games against Burnley, Leicester and Brighton to retain their title, with Kompany insisting his side need to retain their focus as they close in on another trophy.

"In the league, nothing is played out yet," he told Sky Sports. "Burnley is a difficult away game next and there is plenty to play for both for us and Liverpool. We will deal with the other games in the next days.

"We need three wins. We cannot expect the opponent to drop points. We'll get back into our routine and if everyone does the right thing and this team prepares well we always have a big chance to produce a good performance.

"This is a significant result because it's a derby. We defended well when we needed to and in the second half we got into our rhythm. In the second half we were there to score goals."

City goal scorer Leroy Sane insisted he was content to make an impact from the bench, as his clinching goal wrapped up the victory that moved his side back to the top of the Premier League table.

"It was a difficult game," he told the BBC. "The first half we had problems but in the end we did it well. We were patient and played our game.

"Pep Guardiola always tries to help us to see what we did not so good, as well as what we did good, showing us examples [at half-time].

"In every game if you sit on the bench you hope to come on. Especially in the derby. I was waiting and hoping.

"We just try to enjoy and work hard and focus on us. It’s in our hands."

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