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Guardiola’s Confident Warning to Arsenal as Manchester City Claims Favourites Spot for Title Race

Guardiola’s Confident Warning to Arsenal as Manchester City Claims Favourites Spot for Title Race

Pep Guardiola says he thrives in the final weeks of the season as Manchester City battles to win the Champions League and retain the Premier League.

On Tuesday, City will host Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium for the first leg of their quarter-final tie, pitting two unbeaten European teams against each other.

It’s a reunion for Guardiola with one of his former teams, as well as the man who beat him and City in the Champions League final two years ago, with Thomas Tuchel taking over after Julian Nagelsmann’s surprise dismissal last month.

But Guardiola is only concerned with the end result and getting his players across the finish line, both domestically and on the continent.

“Being in the European quarter-finals again is a moment to enjoy,” he told reporters. “I enjoy less in September, October, and November.” When we reach the final stages and are fighting for the title, I am the happiest man on the planet. I enjoy being here.

“What’s going to happen? I don’t know. [If we’re] going to win, everything is going to be perfect. If we lose, we will be a failure. Nothing is going to change. The day after, [there will be a] sunrise. We will try it again in the future.

“This is the mindset we will need to do. We have done it in the past, that’s why I’m incredibly happy with the players I have. The club we are. Everyone is pushing to be better and get better and better. That’s why we are here.”

After Arsenal dropped points at Liverpool, City are now the favorites to win the Premier League. They have a game in hand on Arsenal and will host them later this month at Manchester City.

The title race will most likely come down to the final week, and Guardiola is no stranger to last-minute drama, having defeated Liverpool in the final match last season.

He continued: “Yeah, we know that feeling, I said many times. We lose a game, we lose the Premier League. Playing with that on top of us and in September and October you cannot have that feeling.

“You say: ‘okay, we can drop points or whatever’, and after you find seasons like Liverpool were unstoppable and now like Arsenal are unstoppable. They make a lot of points.

“Now, I have the feeling and that everyone knows that if we lose or drop today points here, Leicester or, of course, Arsenal, we have no chance. Still, we are there. [There are] Many games to play. What’s important is we are still alive in three competitions.

“I like it, you go to war thinking ‘if we beat Leicester we are still alive’. ‘If we win against Arsenal we are still alive.’ Going there thinking: ‘nothing to do’, it gets worse.”

Guardiola’s Confident Warning to Arsenal as Manchester City Claims Favourites Spot for Title Race

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