Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola believed that Chelsea are almost “unstoppable”, and that his team must win every game to remain within the race for the Premier League title.
City defeated Sunderland by 2-0 thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane, taking back their 3rd place spot from Liverpool after the Merseyside club briefly leapfrogged them with a 3-1 win over Arsenal.
The blue side of Manchester could also move ahead of Tottenham and into second place in the table if they win their game in hand at Stoke City mid-week.
But while the Blues are still in contention on three titles (i.e: Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League), Guardiola believed that his team need to win every game to keep in pace with Chelsea in the league.
Antonio Conte’s team currently holds a eight-point gap against them.
“It’s a pity that the distance between Chelsea is so big,” said Guardiola. “But that’s true. We are there behind, of course, Chelsea because they are almost unstoppable.”
“(But) I feel we are playing quite well and that’s why we are getting results. But now, of course, we are in a position when you arrive in March and April, every game if you win, you stay; if you lose, you are out.”
“In the Premier League, in the cup, in the Champions League. The players know, we know, the club knows, if we are not able to win the next game we will be out.”
After the match against Stoke, City will be playing Middlesbrough next weekend in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, before a difficult European test in the Champions League Round of 16, against Ligue 1 leaders Monaco.
Manchester City 2 — 0 Stoke City