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Manchester City thumped Bournemouth 4-1 on the weekend, which left Guardiola praising his team’s performance

Despite being two points behind Arsenal in the title race, with the Gunners having a game in hand, Guardiola believes that “everyone is going to drop points”. The Spaniard expects the title race to go down the wire.

Guardiola lauds ‘consistent’ Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is happy with his team’s performance. The Citizens have been behind Arsenal in the title race for most of the season. However, they managed to get a win at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of his team’s FA Cup fifth-round trip to Bristol City, he sarcastically quipped: “After Nottingham we were not consistent, but now we are consistent because we won one game [against Bournemouth on Saturday].

“In our game we are playing it is good, the results could be better in terms of winning at Spurs [1-0 away defeat] and Nottingham, but it is football, sometimes that happens. Of course, it is not exceptional, it is okay, it is good. No complaints for the way we are playing and fighting.

“After the last game I said the mood is exceptional and the guys are doing everything, that is enough for me.

“We are closing right to the last 10 games of the season and that will define [it]. I have the feeling in the Premier League many things are going to happen, everyone is going to drop points, but we cannot drop any, we want to fight until the end.”

Manchester City were without Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth. Guardiola provided updates on City’s injured players:  “[We] have training this afternoon. Kevin still has a little bit of illness but is much better.”

Guardiola expects the FA Cup fifth-round matchup between them and Bristol City to be a hard one.

“From my experience in this country when you go away from home in the FA Cup against a Championship side, always, always it is tough,” Guardiola said. “At home it would be a little bit different. Away, always it is tough in the FA Cup.

“That is why we are flying there tomorrow to do a good game and go through. It is a nice competition and we will do what we have to do.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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