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This is what Pep Guardiola wants to avoid!


Pep Guardiola is ignoring the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Sunderland on Sunday.

He said: “Never, never, never when I see a team or analyse a team, do I see the table. Never. It doesn’t matter the position they are.

“I know they will be more physical and pay more attention because of their situation. Sunderland’s situation is not easy.

“The people can think we should win but Liverpool and Tottenham also should have won there and were not able to. Every game will be so difficult and so complicated, and it will be on Sunday.”

“I think that the five or six teams that are on top of the league, everybody expects that they are going to win the games but football shows us here, in Barcelona, Germany, in my experience, everything can happen,” Guardiola added.

“People say you beat Huddersfield 5-1, that’s normal. But how many times did you see the teams in the cup beat the Premier League teams? Many, many, many, many times.

“So when you are a football player or manager in a big club like Manchester City, you have to be able to handle that. (You have) to accept you have to win every single game when (we know) that isn’t going to happen.

“Of course, before the game with Sunderland I have complete awareness we might not win, so we have to prepare well because it will be tough.”

“I am talking about my team, thinking about the next game, step by step, focused on what we have to do in the next game,” he said. “Thinking about far away would be a big mistake on our side – big mistake.”

He added: “Everybody would prefer to be in Chelsea’s position because then you are playing knowing that losing one game you will be top, if you lose two games you will be top, if you lose three games you will be top.

“When that happens during the game, mentally you’re more relaxed, more confident and of course the quality of their play makes the difference.”


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