Pep Guardiola claimed that “everyone in the country” supports liverpool and would prefer to see them win the Premier League title after watching his Manchester City side move three points ahead of the table top.
A Clear 5-0 win over Newcastle United saw the champions bounce back from their painful Champions League semi-final exit against Real Madrid in midweek and capitalize on their rivals at Anfield by dropping points at Tottenham Hotspur.
The size of the win also saw City slip four past Liverpool on goal difference, which could yet prove to be the deciding factor should Guardiola’s side lose any of their remaining three games and allow Liverpool to equalize.
With Jurgen Klopp’s side taking on Aston Villa on Tuesday night, City travel to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers the following night, and Guardiola believes there is a widespread desire to see them slip down the stretch.
In a post-match interview with beIN Sports, the City manager said: “Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone, of course because Liverpool have an incredible history behind European competition – not in the Premier League, because they won one in 30 years – but that’s not a problem at all.
“The situation is what it is. We need to make nine points or maybe six right now, it depends on what happens in the next two games in terms of goal difference, but now Wednesday is the real, real final for us.
“We will try to win there. Our destiny is in our hands and that is important. We have to look at each other. With a point or three points, nothing has changed. We need to.”
Guardiola has revealed City will be without three of their most experienced defenders for the remainder of the season after losing Ruben Dias to a hamstring injury midway through Sunday’s 5-0 win.
John Stones and Kyle Walker will also be out of the final three games of the season after being risked in the first and second semi-finals against Madrid respectively, while Nathan Aké may have to be risked despite an ankle problem.
“Ruben, Kyle and John are out until the end of the season. Next pre-season maybe they will be ready,” he said. “Nathan Ake – he had a problem at the ankle for a long time. It happened in a game against Leeds. He said he was in trouble, he didn’t feel comfortable.
“Maybe Nathan is not for Wolves but maybe for the bottom two he can be [available]. Right now we have three – Joao [Cancelo]Oleks [Zinchenko] and Ayme [Laporte] more Fernandinho.
Pep Guardiola says ‘everyone backs Liverpool’ after Manchester City open Premier League title gap
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