Source: Manchester – Reuters
Defending champions City are 16 points behind Liverpool, who have a game in hand, and Guardiola indicated that he could not lose focus due to coach Juergen Klopp’s best career in Premier League history.
Guardiola told reporters: “We cannot deny that Liverpool are exceptional in terms of football and results. Every day I think about 24 hours what we can do and what we can develop in order not to lose my focus due to other teams and leagues. Our goal is to be second and develop every day for knockout matches in other tournaments we participate in. There is always a need for something that arouses enthusiasm to get you to keep moving forward and developing.
He added: We cannot perform well in knockout tournaments if we do not play well in the Premier League. You couldn’t play well on a bad day on another. Standards must be preserved.
City will be visiting Sheffield United on Tuesday, and Guardiola indicated that defenders John Stones and Benjamin Mindy will be absent from this confrontation. He continued: John was injured in the last game. Mindy suffers from muscle strain and the rest of the players are in good shape.