Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Says: My Team Is Simply INCREDIBLE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Says: My Team Is Simply INCREDIBLE

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PEP Guardiola believes guiding City to the Premier League title this season will be one of the biggest achievements of his career.

The Blues need two wins to retain their title with 98 points, having hit a century last season, but the intensity of competition from Liverpool this term and the mental difficulty of backing up last year's success have made this a much more demanding campaign.

For Guardiola this would be an eighth league title in his 10 years of management but the battles City have had with Liverpool led the Catalan to describe this season as the toughest campaign of his career.

Victory over Leicester City tonight will leave City needing a win on the final day at Brighton to make sure of back-to-back titles, with Liverpool potentially facing a runners-up spot on 97 points.

"It's the toughest league I've ever played as a manager, for the quality from the rivals. No doubts," Guardiola said of the competition City have had from Merseyside.

"That's why being there is incredible.

But, of course, only one will take the prize and the other one will be at home sad. But arriving at this stage, two games left with 92 points, after 100 points, being there, that is the most satisfaction I've had as a manager. [It's] one of the biggest achievements."

It's the toughest I've ever played manager for from the Pep " City cruised to the title under Guardiola last season, eventually finishing 19 points clear of United.

This time around they've been pushed all the way by Jurgen Klopp's side and were seven points adrift when they played Liverpool at the Etihad at the start of January.

They won that game 2-1 and have gradually clawed their way back to the top of the table, with an unbroken run of 12 successive victories moving them a point clear.

It's a achievement made all the more impressive by the fact Guardiola consider this Liverpool team to be one of the best he's ever faced as a manager, alongside Luis Enrique's Barcelona, who beat Guardiola's Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals in 2014/15. …

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