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Pep Guardiola in startling admission after Liverpool win

Written by: Tushaar Sachdeva

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The Manchester City tactician has said all of his team's remaining games are like a final.

Manchester City gaffer Pep Guardiola was ecstatic after closing gap with Liverpool for the top spot in the Premier League late on Thursday. The game ended for the Cityzens, beating Liverpool 2-1 to end their unbeaten streak of 20 games in the league.

The Spanish gaffer urged that "every game is a final" as they are just four points behind the league toppers,

Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane were on the target to hand Liverpool their first defeat, though Roberto Firmino had equalised but Sane's wonder strike sealed the deal.

"We knew that if we won we would be in contention to fight for the Premier League, if we lose it is over. I don't remember a league so tough," said Pep Guardiola.

He further added, "There are so many huge contenders fighting for the title. It is closer, every game is a final."

Had Liverpool won the game in Etihad, they would have held a 10-point lead on the top.

"They are leaders, it is four points but we have reduced the gap. I respect what Tottenham are doing, in the last games Manchester United are coming back, and of course Chelsea and Arsenal with new managers. Jurgen Klopp will not agree but for the Premier League it is a good result," Guardiola said.


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The one player who according to Pep was exceptional on the field was Bernardo Silva. He had special note for hir performance as he set up Aguero's 250th goal. He covered more distance(12.93km) than any other player on the pitch, as City claims to be the most from any of their players so far this season.

"He did everything," he added. "He is the smallest one but he shows us that to play football, you don't have to be tall or more physical. He is incredible. I haven't seen a performance like that in a while. It was clean and clever. Against Virgil van Dijk, he was comfortable."

"The game was a real game for both sides. We beat an incredible team. We were outstanding from the first minute. We are happy for this victory to reduce the gap. Everything is open," he said to BBC post the high-profile game on Thursday.

Manchester City are scheduled to play Rotherham on Sunday while Liverpool will visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday in FA Cup 3rd Round matches.

Published: Fri Jan 04, 2019 01:36 PM IST

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