Pep Guardiola refuses to contemplate his Manchester Metropolis crew as champions in ready.
Metropolis look like cruising in direction of the Premier League crown having received 20 of their opening 22 video games — and drawn the opposite two — to open up a 15-point lead on the high of the desk.
However Guardiola is just not taking something with no consideration and isn’t wanting too far forward. The Metropolis boss, whose aspect face Liverpool in an eagerly-anticipated conflict on Sunday, mentioned: “In soccer and in sport, something can occur.
“After all we are able to lose the title since you by no means know what will occur within the subsequent 13 or 14 video games it’s a must to play. After all, if we preserve our stage, the consistency and the way in which we play, then OK, we’ve got an opportunity. However you by no means know.
“If we begin to go down, and lose confidence, and do not play nicely repeatedly, then we are going to see. Possibly that’s going to occur, and I’m going to shake the hand of my opponents and congratulate them for being champions.
“However it’s easy — simply concentrate on the subsequent sport. That’s the finest recommendation I may give to my gamers.”
This weekend’s journey to Anfield brings collectively two of probably the most entertaining sides within the competitors. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are in good type having gone unbeaten of their final 13 league fixtures.
With the Reds additionally bolstered this month by the £75 million signing of defender Virgil van Dijk, Guardiola believes the Merseysiders are as thrilling as of their 1980s heyday.
He mentioned: “Jurgen Klopp is a grasp of the counter-attack, so they are a crew who can arrive within the ending space in three or 4 touches.
“[Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane are powerful guys for us to regulate, particularly once we lose the ball in harmful positions, as a result of they’re so quick, so fast and so intelligent within the field.
“After all, [Philippe] Coutinho’s not there, within the center, with the expertise that he has, however [Georginio] Wijnaldum and Emre Can are, and [Adam] Lallana’s come again. These are guys who’ve power, are sturdy, are good at set-pieces.
“I believe Liverpool are enjoying like Liverpool had been previously, with all their historical past. The followers are demanding attacking soccer. Liverpool must defend their entire historical past. Within the 80s they dominated the world and European soccer. I believe they’re attempting to respect that.
“We need to do one thing fairly comparable. We need to attempt to be the very best.”