Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City players to stay calm in title pursuit

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged the team to stay calm with the Premier League title race yet to be decided. The Citizens leapfrogged Liverpool to the top of the table after a derby triumph over Manchester United on the road but Guardiola has refused to acknowledge that the Citizens are favourites for the title.

Speaking after the game, he said: “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.”

Pep Guardiola reluctant to speak on quadruple prospects for Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that he would not prefer to speak on the club’s prospects of winning the quadruple until the end of the month. The Citizens are currently alive across all four competitions and they are currently on course to reach their second final, should they overcome Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup this weekend.

Speaking to reporters, Guardiola said that he does not want to indulge into talks regarding the quadruple, given none of the previous major clubs in the country have managed to achieve the same, he said: “I said many times, ask me at the end of April. Why talk about the quadruple when in this country – a legendary country – it has never happened before. Legendary teams like Liverpool, the period [of Manchester United] with Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Arsenel Wenger with Arsenal – no one did it. So why should we do it? “I’m not in the minds of my players and the fans to tell them what to think.”