Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Guardiola plays down Man City clinching title against Man Utd

Guardiola plays down Man City clinching title against Man Utd

It's a scenario that Jose Mourinho and Alexis Sanchez, in particular, would have hoped to avoid. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola questioned Liverpool's security after the team bus was attacked before the UCL match at Anfield on Wednesday.

Who knows, but either way it seems he had no idea that his services had been offered to Man City three months ago.

"It is not for me to say that, it is for you to say that", he said.

Except for United, it isn't.

The United boss discussed a range of topics at the Aon Training Complex, including the sad passing of Ray Wilkins, what the Manchester derby means and where the Reds now stand in the Premier League.

City are 16 points clear of Jose Mourinho's second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola's reign in England.

Guardiola said: "Two months ago he offered me Mkhitaryan and Pogba to play with us".

Imagine that, City, all that spending and lovely football, then in one week they suffer a crushing defeat to Liverpool which looks likely to kick them out of Europe and then top it off by losing at home to United.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are fully rested, and Pep called on the Manchester City faithful to create an atmosphere that will fuel a City side that could get leggy as the game goes on.

"I said no", he added.

Lingering doubts over Aguero mean it is likely Gabriel Jesus will have a role to play. The likes of John Stones and Danilo could start in defense, Ilkay Gundogan in midfield.

"I will answer him [Raiola]; I don't understand why I am", Guardiola said, as quoted by the Guardian.

"Of course winning the title against Manchester United would make the achievement even sweeter. It would be special".

Losing to United would upset fans, but is unlikely to be detrimental to City's season.

"But I'm surprised because I am a dog he wants his players to come to here".

And for a coach as proud as Mourinho, he would relish briefly putting the brakes on City, especially with Guardiola in the opposition dugout.

"Think about the stakes, United have nothing to win and everything to lose". The Portuguese tactician stressed it is his aim to finish second, but his immediate priority is to mathematically finish in top four.

"But we are not because City have a very good number of points that makes it very, very hard for the team that is second to fight for the title, which we are not in this moment".

For many, it would complete a delicious narrative if Guardiola's team of entertainers clinches the league against a side with a completely different mentality.

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