Pep Guardiola keen to celebrate Premier League title against Swansea next week

  • Pep Guardiola keen to celebrate Premier League title against Swansea next week

Pep Guardiola keen to celebrate Premier League title against Swansea next week

"I think leaving Yaya out of the squad to play Liverpool was a big mistake because City couldn't handle the pressure of playing at that level".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted winning the Premier League will mean more to him than success in the Champions League following Saturday's victory at Tottenham.

City are 13 points clear at the top with six matches to play and could be confirmed as champions if they beat Tottenham at Wembley today and if second placed Manchester United lose against bottom club West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

"The players deserve all my respect for what they have done this season". In one week we lost three games, that happened.

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

"And as we know he does not often spend more than three or four seasons at a club, so in what may be his final season, that could be the one that will really define his legacy".

"We missed the first 25 minutes", said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose side faces Manchester United in the F.A. Cup semifinals next week. We congratulate them because they are close to winning the Premier League.

With runaway leader Juventus on 81 points and Napoli second on 77, Inter, Roma and Lazio - with 60 points each ahead of the Rome derby Sunday night - are locked in a three-way battle for the last two Champions League spots.

UEFA, on its part, will not be fast-tracking VAR for Champions League or Europa League next season. The amount of goals, chances and points, to do that in the Premier League, with the contenders we have, is because the players are so good.

Much of the blame for Guardiola's first-season struggles was pinned on a series of errors from Claudio Bravo, brought from Barcelona to replace the ostracised Joe Hart.

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The opener then came from a move not usually associated with a Guardiola side - with a long ball from Kyle Walker launched into the path of Gabriel Jesus, who outpaced Davinson Sanchez before netting in the 22nd minute. "The Premier League is the constant - every day, every day, every day - and we were there every day".

"If you bring in Guardiola, you are nearly guaranteeing yourself the league, that is what he does", said the Independent's chief sports writer.

It was always a matter of when rather than if City would be champions after they led the way for most of the season.