Guardiola: Title race down to wire



PEP Guardiola won two trophies with Manchester City last season – the EFL Cup and the Premier League.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes this season’s Premier League title race “won’t be decided until the last fixture or two.”

Successive draws against Leicester and West Ham mean leaders Liverpool will be overtaken by City on goal difference if they win at Everton on Wednesday (yesterday).

Third-placed Tottenham are only five points off top spot – and still have both teams above them left to play.

City host Leicester and are at Brighton in their last two league games.

Liverpool’s last two fixtures see them travel to Newcastle before playing Wolves at Anfield on 12 May, the final day of the league season. Tottenham are at Bournemouth on May 4 and host Everton on the final day.

City’s game against Everton on February 23 was brought forward to yesterday, as Guardiola’s side play Chelsea the following day (February 24) in the Carabao Cup final.

It means Liverpool’s game in hand, which will be played on the same day, is at in-form Manchester United.

As Liverpool were knocked out at the opening stage of both domestic cup competitions, City are guaranteed to end the season having played at least seven more games than Jurgen Klopp’s side.

That number will rise should they reach the FA Cup quarter-finals. Whilst City also have a more favourable draw in the last 16 of the Champions League as they face Schalke, Liverpool have a heavyweight tussle with five-time winners Bayern Munich.

Guardiola accepts the additional workload could count against his players, particularly in what he calls the “terrible month” of February, when the competing priorities of four competitions must be balanced.


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