Manchester City news: Pep Guardiola believes one more slip up could hand Liverpool the Premier League title

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‘NO MORE SLIPS’

City have the chance to put pressure on the Reds this week as they play 24 hours ahead of their title rivals

Pep Guardiola says the title race will be over if Manchester City slip up one more time.

The gap between leaders Liverpool and City at the top of the Premier League is four points ahead of the next round of fixtures.

Pep Guardiola’s side face Newcastle on Tuesday

Pep Guardiola’s side face Newcastle on Tuesday

The champions have the chance to put pressure on the Reds on Tuesday night when they travel to Newcastle.

Liverpool then play 24 hours later when they host Leicester City at Anfield – a situation different to the last two rounds of fixtures when Liverpool have had the chance to play first.

“In both situations, whether we play later or earlier, the only chance we have is to win the games,” Guardiola said. “If not it will be almost over.

“Every game for us is a final, in the cup competitions every game is also a final.

“What should we do playing first? We have to win. What should we do when playing after? We have to win.”

Guardiola expects to meet defensive resilience from Rafael Benitez’s men at St James’ Park, but feels that can bring out the best in his side.

Rafael Benitez and Pep Guardiola in the previous meeting this season between the two sides

Rafael Benitez and Pep Guardiola in the previous meeting this season between the two sides

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “From our experience in the last two seasons with Newcastle, with my colleague (Benitez), it was always tough.

“I can imagine that is going to happen tomorrow because they defend really well. But, at the same time, I also have the feeling with this kind of defence we attack better.

“We know the process. We have played many times against this kind of defence and we can control our own counter-attacks and concede few set-pieces, and attack more fluently.”

Guardiola confirmed reports that City’s 18-year-old Welsh winger Rabbi Matondo is of interest to Bundesliga side Schalke.

City have already lost one of their most prized Academy graduates this month following Brahim Diaz’s move to Real Madrid, while Jadon Sancho left for Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

Man City youngster Rabbi Matondo could be on the move

Man City youngster Rabbi Matondo could be on the move

Guardiola feels it at least reflects well on the club that their youngsters are so highly sought after.
He said: “I heard they are interested in another young player, but I don’t know how it is going to finish.

“I know how good he is, incredibly fast winger, and a young talent. That is a good signal of how good this club is working.

“All the players at the Academy, we trust in them. If they want to be patient and stay or if they want to leave – no problem.”

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