Guardiola insists the Premier League race is still open

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists the Premier League title race is still open after his team beat Chelsea last night to close the gap between them and Arsenal.

The Gunners have emerged as the main title challenger to the champions this term as Liverpool struggles with injuries and inconsistency.

Arsenal has been consistently good, but they dropped points in their last game against Newcastle, which helped City gain some ground on them.

After his side beat Chelsea in London, Guardiola said to the City website:

“It could have been 10 points between us and Arsenal if Newcastle hadn’t made an incredible effort and we hadn’t won here.

“I said to the players that it doesn’t change much – we still have 63 points to play for, so there are a lot of points.

“We have to continue to prove ourselves because it is normal to be in this position after four Premier League titles in five years.

“I would prefer to be closer, but the way Arsenal play so far, they deserve to be where they are.”

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City knows we are a significant threat to them this season, but the champions will not easily concede defeat when there are so many more games to go.

Fans and pundits will consider Guardiola’s men favourites, which is good for us because it means we will play under less pressure and that should help the Gunners continue to win.

Winning the Premier League is no mean feat, but by winning one game at a time, Arsenal will eventually triumph by the end of the term.

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  1. Wide open… we have won nothing yet. Our next 3/4 games will determine if we will be there come Apr/May for the Title or Top4.

    Hopefully some extra quality players brought in for the 2nd part of the season to help us push for our goals.

  2. Pep just playing mind games with Arteta.

    City are still in pole position to win the league this year because of one reason – exceptionally deep and talented bench.

    How many teams in the league could afford to unleash Grealish and Mahrez (over 180M in player value) in half-time substitutions to torment a feisty Chelsea yesterday?

    Over a long season player quality counts.

  3. Mind games from a manager that literally has two teams that could each finish in the top four. Pep should stop pissing around he knows bench streghth will be the deciing factor. I hope for a top four finish, city’s depth is just on another level.

  4. Man City have oil money behind them and exceptional squad depth. Arsenal have the Krankies. Imagine and fantasize the Krankies put the money in to create a two team unbelievable squad. Will never happen….ever.

  5. Any of the top five can still win the league in this crazy season.
    Pep mind games are a formality, the Citizen is the firm favorite but that’s not what he would like us to believe.

    First stop we need to seize the bragging rights from the Noth London Derby and get our psychie up and then kick on from there.

    Hopefully by then we have atleast two of our targets in the team, but no ways about it we have a long grueling road ahead and with the inconsistency of VAR we are sure to experience more controversial decisions before this campaign conclude.

  6. It all depends on how we manage the remaining games this month and April. We all know that City can go near perfect for a long time, especially during the second half of the season.

    Lot of us are also being biased towards ManU’s run of form. After their four defeats they have steadied the ship and has been winning game after game.

    Also no one expected us to win 14 games, so maybe it might come down to those “six pointers” between these teams.

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