BURNLEY, England (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not talking about ‘ifs’ and ‘maybes’ as the remarkably tight battle for the Premier League title comes down to the final two games.
The Spaniard believes his team, who survived an edgy test at Burnley on Sunday to emerge with a 1-0 win, are now in position to secure the crown and dash challenging Liverpool’s dreams.
City play Leicester City at The Etihad on May 6 before visiting lowly Brighton & Hove Albion for their final game of the league season six days later.
“So now it is two games be calm again,” said Guardiola. “We don’t have a game until next Monday so we will rest a little bit, recover a bit.
“Then against Leicester, one of the most talented teams right now in the middle, up front, we are going to get three more points to go to Brighton to get the win, the points we need to get back-to-back (titles),” he said.
Liverpool travel to Newcastle United on Saturday and then host Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the season but if Juergen Klopp’s side were hoping for a slip-up at Turf Moor, Guardiola’s team showed they are in determined mood.
It was not until the 63rd minute that City scored when Sergio Aguero’s effort was ruled to have crossed the line by goal-line technology but they merited the three points.
“Well we deserved to win, we created a lot of chances, the result, 1-0 is ‘short’. Our performance, I am so delighted for the way we controlled them,” added Guardiola.
“We didn’t concede one corner. We didn’t concede too much, in the first half, except for five or ten minutes. We controlled the game. The second half we made another rhythm and we created three, four, five chances.
“It is not easy against them (Burnley) because they are so solid, they defend (with) 10 players in the box. It is not easy but we did it,” he said.
The Spaniard not surprisingly had words of praise for his Argentine striker Aguero, who became only the second player to score 20 goals or more in six different Premier League seasons.
“He is a legend, he does that all the time, important goals, an incredible player,” said Guardiola.
Reporting by Simon Evans; editing by Ken Ferris