• Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

Pep Guardiola expects Man City take destiny into their hands in Arsenal title bout

Pep Guardiola expects Man City take destiny into their hands in Arsenal title bout

Pep Guardiola expects Man City take destiny into their hands in Arsenal title bout

Pep Guardiola does not believe Wednesday’s match against Arsenal will determine the Premier League champion, but he wants Manchester City to take control of their destiny.

City, who have qualified for the Champions League quarterfinals and the FA Cup final, will move within two points of Arsenal with two games in hand if they defeat Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal have drawn their last three league contests, whereas City have won 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions.

When asked if there was a reason for City’s menacing form, Guardiola told reporters, “When we lost games early in the season, people said it was because of our physicality, which is nonsense.

“A game involves many elements. We are aware that if we lose any more games, the situation will be over, so you cannot have that mindset in October or November, particularly after winning consecutive championships.

“In the year we won our first championship [2017-18], when we accumulated 100 points, we began the season as if every game were a championship.

“When we began this season following back-to-back Premier League championships, we did not feel as if every game was a final. Now it is the case.

“We have arrived with the opportunity in our minds. If Arsenal win, fate rests in their hands, but if we win, fate rests in ours.”

When asked if Wednesday’s match would be the deciding factor in the title race, Guardiola responded, “It’s really crucial. The significance of this game cannot be denied, despite the fact that it is not decisive due to the fact that both teams still have a number of difficult games remaining.

“When playing these types of teams, everything matters. Arsenal has always displayed tremendous attention to detail and care with the ball, and all of the players they select to play for the club possess the highest level of talent and skill.

“Mikel [Arteta] has added a new dimension, and they are fierce competitors. They control a variety of factors. This is not a novel concept. In the two games we’ve played against them this season, we’ve felt their pace, intensity, and buildup quality. If you don’t challenge them, it’s difficult.”

Arteta stated that his team must be “perfect” to defeat City, whereas Guardiola does not believe perfection is attainable.

He stated, “Perfection does not exist in football; one cannot be perfect in the game.” “We are aware of what transpired against Bayern Munich, and against elite teams in the future, your standard must be extremely high.

“They expect us to be exceptionally skilled, so we must do everything possible to impose our game.”

Pep Guardiola expects Man City take destiny into their hands in Arsenal title bout