Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City have “nothing” to worry about, even though Liverpool could potentially end this weekend top of the Premier League table.
The start of April marks the beginning of what is set to be a pivotal month in the title race. Liverpool are preparing to play Watford in the early kick-off on Saturday and will move into top spot with a win, prior to Manchester City taking on Burnley at Turf Moor later that afternoon.
However Pep Guardiola says he is not worried by Jurgen Klopp’s side closing in on the league leaders . Asked if kicking-off against Burnley in second place would have an effect on his players, the City boss delivered a blunt response.
“Nothing. Zero. Why?” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference. “At the end of the weekend we will know the position that we are [in] but even going a point in front or a point backwards, we have to do our job. Nothing changes.”
Later he was asked for his thoughts on the battle between Liverpool and City for the league title. However, Guardiola shrugged and simply said: “Burnley.”
Guardiola continued: “We have, I think, still nine games to play. Nine games, so game by game we will see what happens. We know what we have to do, that’s win games, that’s all and it’s hard but we are going to try.
Liverpool have reasserted themselves into the title race through a combination of the Reds’ nine-game winning run and City dropping five points over their last four games. But, despite facing a high-pressure month that includes two clashes with Liverpool, Guardiola believes City could afford to slip up again and still claim the Premier League crown.
“We can do a mistake and win the title,” he said. “So nobody knows. So whatever happens in this game, the next one, the next one, there’s not going to be a champion. We’re going to fight until the end.”