Man City boss Guardiola: Title battle could go to goal difference

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the race for the title could get down to goal difference.

Guardiola takes his side to face Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night hoping to replace Liverpool at the top of the table on goal difference just days after he felt City had been written off.

The manager said, “I’m pretty sure the winner will be the last fixture or the last two,’ said Guardiola.

“The Premier League could go to goal difference, I agree. But we are not going to tell the guys they have to win 5-0.

“The first message is to win the game and the second one is, ‘if you can score, score and if you can avoid conceding, do it’.

“Three or four days ago we were already done. The champions were Liverpool and now we can be leading.

“Now people say to me we are big contenders — champions. But still we are three points behind. I would prefer to be in the position of Liverpool.

“Everything changes quickly. Nobody counted on us. Even I said seven points (gap) would be really tough for the confidence.

“Tomorrow, if we win we are top of the league. Who could think that? Not two months ago.

“The true lesson of that is never give up and focus on what you have to do. Forget about the other ones.

“When you speak about what they have to do, you forget what you have to do. That is a huge mistake and the moment that you are going to drop points.

“Yesterday, after the (West Ham) result we were surprised, but it can happen.”

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