Pep Guardiola warns Manchester City's title defence will be 'almost over' if points dropped

After a week of domestic cup action, City return to league action away to Newcastle United on Tuesday night

Manchester City: A look back at 2018

Pep Guardiola believes the Premier League title race will be “almost over” if Manchester City drop points over the coming weeks.

After a week of domestic cup action, City return to league action away to Newcastle United on Tuesday night.

The defending champions are four points off the pace but have the chance to close that gap to one, with leaders Liverpool playing on Wednesday night.

City’s last two league games followed Liverpool victories which put pressure on Guardiola’s side to keep pace.

However, Guardiola believes that the pressure on any title challenger remains the same, whether they play before their rivals or not.

"In both situations, later or earlier, the only chance we have is if we win the games. If not, it will be almost over,” he said.

“Every game for us is a final. In the cup competitions, we are playing also a final. So what should we do? If playing after, we have to win. If playing before, we have to win.

“I think all the teams that want to win the title have to feel the pressure. We have the pressure, we feel the pressure. You have to handle it.”

Guardiola added: “I think 15 games left, many points to play and different circumstances, with a lot of games in our legs, in our minds. We change competitions day by day.

“My advice is not to think too much about that. Focus on what you have to do. That is the only way to be consistent and to try and win every game.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in