Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manchester City close in on Premier League title by beating Spurs

Manchester City close in on Premier League title by beating Spurs

And although Guardiola wouldn't enable that profitable the Premier League was his best achievement - hardly shocking after two Champions League titles and three La Liga titles at Barcelona and three Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich - he did concede that the Premier League presents distinctive challenges which have examined him.

City had the chance to claim the domestic crown against their city rivals in last Saturday's derby at the Etihad Stadium, only to surrender a 2-0 half-time lead to lose 3-2. If Jose Mourinho-coached Man United can win all of their remaining matches, they can reach maximum 86 points in total.

So City boss Guardiola won't be watching the match on television.

The man most often picked out by Guardiola himself as the heartbeat of this City side, Kevin De Bruyne looks set to battle with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah for the Premier League player of the year awards.

"The important thing is to have the chance to win at home".

"We will see. Football is unpredictable". This result left his team one point clear of third-place Liverpool, with a game in hand.

"We are able to win the two games [we need to confirm the title] and we will do that". A22-goal haulin all competitions - achieved despite some galling, high-profile misses of late - represents the best season of a career flourishing all over again under Guardiola's guidance.

While talking of his pride at captaining City to a third Premier League title since he joined the club, the 32-year-old Belgian also issued a challenge to his team mates. But compared to ordinary people I think I earn a huge wage right now, anyway.

'They transfer on the pitch and have to know the motion - the motion from Gabriel was so good.

"You can't take it for granted", he told Sky Sports on Sunday.

"No doubt", he said when asked if Silva merits a nomination. "I am excited to be champions with our fans". Of course, I would like my players to be there but of course other players deserve to be there. He prefers to have the recognition for the team-mates or the staff.

"This wasn't a week to think about records, we don't give it too much importance". The first league with Barcelona was a dream come true and winning the Champions League against [Manchester] United here was also so, so nice, especially the way we played.

"You can't take it for granted", Kompany said.

"I said after 10-15 minutes we will be champions", said Guardiola of his side's fast start. "It's okay", he added.

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