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He knew the vic­tory was cru­cial to put pres­sure on ti­tle ri­vals who play to­day, and said: “We want to show our con­tenders that we can keep on win­ning. That is the most dif­fi­cult in sport, and the most fas­ci­nat­ing, like the ten­nis cham­pi­ons who keep on win­ning and win­ning.

“It’s too early to see how de­ci­sive these points to­day are. You just have to win your own games, not worry about the other teams, and ex­pect they will drop min­i­mum points through a sea­son.”

Told about his per­sonal mile­stone, Guardi­ola added: “My 400th win – I didn’t know that. Con­grat­u­la­tions Pep. And I am very pleased to win as we did to­day be­cause it wasn’t easy.”

FIVE HIGH: Guardi­ola’s 400th win put City five points clear at the top of the ta­ble ON THE MARCH: Ilkay Gun­do­gan’s goal to make it 3-1 was a cracker

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