Reds game key for ti­tle bid – Guardi­ola

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PREMIER LEAGUE: Pep Guardi­ola be­lieves Manch­ester City must beat Liver­pool on Thurs­day to sus­tain their ti­tle bid.

City shook off con­sec­u­tive de­feats to coast past Southamp­ton 3-1 at St Mary’s yes­ter­day, with David Silva and Ser­gio Aguero on tar­get and James Ward-Prowse net­ting an own goal.

That south coast vic­tory set up a piv­otal ti­tle bat­tle with Liver­pool at the Eti­had Sta­dium, with sec­ond-placed City trail­ing the league lead­ers by seven points.

And City boss Guardi­ola has con­ceded only a win on Thurs­day will be enough to keep his side in the hunt to re­tain their crown.

“With the po­si­tion of Liver­pool, if we drop points then it is over, it is fin­ished; it would be al­most im­pos­si­ble,” said Guardi­ola.

“Of course they are go­ing to drop points, but not too many. If you want to be there as far as pos­si­ble un­til the end we have to re­mem­ber what hap­pened last sea­son, and this as well, apart from the last few days.”

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