Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that “everybody in this country supports Liverpool” following his side’s 5-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday...
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that “everybody in this country supports Liverpool” following his side’s 5-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
He subsequently explained that though Liverpool “has an incredible history in Europe”, they have a less illustrious Premier League history, having won only one title in 30 years.
Sunday’s win gave City a three point advantage in the title race, with Guardiola’s side taking advantage of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night.
Raheem Sterling scored a brace, with further goals added by Aymeric Laporte, Rodri, and Phil Foden.
Asked post-match about how he would respond to claims that City have sealed the title, Guardiola responded: “One week ago, nobody even… we were one point in front, everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.
“Of course, because Liverpool has an incredible history in Europe, not in (the) Premier League, because they’ve only won one in 30 years, but it’s not a problem at all.
“The situation is what it is. We have to do nine points, maybe six right now, it depends on goal difference. It is in our hands, that’s important.”
Pressed on whether he truly believed that the country wanted Liverpool to triumph, Guardiola replied: “Liverpool alongside United is the most important teams in terms of legacy, history, dramas.
“But we have in the last 11-12 years always been there. I know we are sometimes uncomfortable, but I don’t care. If the people want Liverpool more (to) win than us, it’s not the issue. It’s normal.
“Maybe supporters around the world support more Liverpool than us, but this is not the question. The question is, today, during the start of the game, the people supporting us more than ever won (the) home game.
“They know that even being out of the Champions League, we can rely on these players. Hopefully we can arrive at the last game here with the chance to be champions.”
City have three games left, against Wolves, West Ham, and Aston Villa. They need seven points to guarantee the title, though six points could mean that they pip Liverpool on goal difference.Guardiola claims ‘everybody in this country supports Liverpool’ following 5-0 Manchester City win - The Athletic View Story