Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, believes the Premier League title race will go down to the wire this season, suggesting it could even be decided by goal difference in the end.
Successive draws against Leicester City and West Ham United have left Jurgen Klopp’s leaders vulnerable at the top of the Premier League table. Before the clash at Leicester, Liverpool had the opportunity to extend their advantage to seven points. But two disappointing results have allowed Manchester City to move within just three points of the league leaders.
#PepGuardiola says the competition at the top of the #EPL is so fierce that the title is likely to be decided on the final day of the season, and may even come down to goal difference.#mCFC #LFC #seanknows https://t.co/mhHOsTRJ4l
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The reigning champions will overtake Liverpool on goal difference if they get a positive result at the Goodison Park on Wednesday night. Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur — who have done commendably well to cope with the absence of Harry Kane — are also just five points off the summit.
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With stakes so high and no margin for error, Guardiola feels the Premier League could end up being decided by goal difference.
“I’m pretty sure the winner will be the last fixture or the last two. I’m sure of that,” Guardiola told a news conference, as quoted by ESPN.
“The first message is to win the game and the second one is if you can score, score and if you can avoid to concede, do it. The Premier League could go to goal difference, I agree.”
Having already been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, Liverpool are guaranteed to play at least seven fewer games than Pep Guardiola’s side. Guardiola admits that the busy schedule could end up taking a toll on his players but is hopeful about riding the impending storm.
“It takes a big mental effort to be consistent in every single competition when you know, if you lose one game, you can lose that competition. It demands a lot of stress,” he said, as per BBC.
“At the same time, when you get to March, the days are longer, the sun is out, the training sessions are in better conditions and you can take a coffee outside. If you are still in four competitions it is an extra plus because you realise you can do something special. But, right now, we are not in that position.”
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— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 5, 2019