Pep Guardiola reminded Manchester City that the Premier League title is “in our hands” after they emerged from a doubtlessly tough project at Leeds with a 4-0 win that retains them some extent forward of Liverpool.
Four wins from 4 will be sure that, regardless of the colossal efforts of Jürgen Klopp’s aspect, City retain the trophy they received final 12 months and Guardiola laid out the duty in easy phrases. “It’s in our hands,” he stated. “Newcastle, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa. We have known exactly what we have to do for a month and a half, two months. If we win, we will be champions. If we drop points, [Liverpool] will be champions.”
Neither title contender has dropped some extent since they drew 2-2 on the Etihad on 10 April and Guardiola says he expects Liverpool, who had been in a position to watch City having already received at Newcastle, to gather most factors. “It’s not complicated to analyse. Whether they’re playing before [us] or later, they’re going to win.”
City weren’t at full throttle for the primary hour in opposition to opponents who didn’t allow them to settle. “I think the result looks more comfortable than it really was but I could not expect differently,” stated Guardiola, whose delight on the final result was particularly pronounced given the precarious placement of this fixture between City’s Champions League semi-final matches in opposition to Real Madrid.
“Coming here, the way they play, we suffered a lot in the first half. But in the end we had control and could have scored more. An incredible result for us.”
The Leeds head coach Jesse Marsch, whose aspect are 5 factors above 18th-placed Everton however have performed two video games extra, was pleased to agree that the consequence didn’t replicate proceedings. “It wasn’t a 4-0 match and I was prepared to say [the same] at 3-0,” he stated. “We had control of many parts of the match so I’m really proud of the guys.”