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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City could still blow Premier League title

Pep Guardiola: Manchester City could still blow Premier League title

City hold a 13-point lead over second-placed Manchester United and need just two wins from six to claim the crown.

There are 18 points to play for, and City travel to Tottenham on Saturday (19:45 BST) after a run of three straight defeats in all competitions.

Guardiola is not ruling out further slip ups from his side and used examples from Spanish football and the National Basketball Association to prove his point.

Guardiola said that the unwanted rest brought about by the premature birth of his son has meant Silva has played more recently than he might have done. "Football is emotional. We can only try to focus and win at Tottenham and then Swansea".

Here we take a look at some interesting match facts and stats ahead of what is an important fixture for both teams, for different reasons.

However, by conceding eight times in three games, Guardiola's men unveiled a weakness that hadn't been exposed by their Premier League rivals for the vast majority of the season. But it doesn't depend on the United result, it's in our hands, it's up to us to win our games, and we are able to win [the] two games [needed]. We have handled the pressure - good and bad situations - all season.

Silva has made more starts this season than most of his teammates, but after he turned 32 this season, Pep Guardiola is already planning for the future.

"We tried to reach the semifinals [of the Champions League], to win the Premier League", Guardiola said.

"Of course it can happen, I assure you". Of course it can happen, no doubts about that.

"What I say to the players is, and they show you every day, in every game that it's not done because if it was done they wouldn't play the way they play".

"Never before in the National Basketball Association had one team in the finals recovered from 3-1 down, and two years ago (Cleveland) Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors 4-3". Cavaliers won against Golden State Warriors 4-3. That is a good advantage. So we have to play tomorrow and after that we see the result from United.

Nonetheless, Guardiola hopes City will handle the pressure.

In a statement, the Premier League announced "advanced testing" around VAR will continue into the 2018/19 season.

"I think Manchester City agreed to it but the other top teams, United and Chelsea I think, they didn't want it", he said.

"The way we run is not a problem". That is normal, they are human beings.

"The problem is we shot three shots on target against Liverpool at home, that is the problem". The condition for itself I think doesn't exist.


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