Guardiola’s promise ahead of title ‘final’


Hooked by West Ham (2-2) this Sunday during the 37th day of the Premier League, Manchester City could have lost very big in the title race but provides the essentials with this point brought back from London. The Citizens keep their destiny in hand before the reception of Aston Villa next Sunday.

Proud of his players, who were showered by the effective first period of the Hammers (2-0 at the break), Pep Guardiola is happy to be able to play “a final” at home against the Birmingham club in a week. With four points ahead of Liverpool but one more game on the clock, the Citizens could even be crowned on Tuesday if Liverpool lose to Southampton.

“Do I look happy? How not to be happy being the coach of this team, which gives everything in every game, in every competition. They tried, they suffered, all together. At half time, we told them how good they were, what an incredible team we were. We said ‘ok, we adjust small things, try to score a goal, then it will be open. Luckily, we scored a goal early in the second half. In the end, we had the chance to win. But it’s in our hands.” underlined the Spanish coach at the microphone of beIN Sports England.

Guardiola then promised a crazy atmosphere for the last home game against Aston Villa. “We going to play a game, I can assure you, with a sold-out Etihad Stadium. They’re going to help us and we’re going to help them create an incredible environment to try and make the perfect game and win it. So we don’t have to focus on anything else. We have a week ahead of us, we can rest mentally. We are going to disconnect for two or three days, and then we will have three or four days to prepare for the match, the final, because it is a final for the title (…) In a week, our stadium will make a lot of noise, we will give them our lives, they will give us their lives, for 95 minutes. It’s an incredible privilege to have to win a game at home to be champions.” he continued.

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