2020年2月14日

PepGuardiolahastoldhisManchesterCitysidetheyarenowintomust-winterritoryintheirthree-prongedbidforsilverwarethisseason。

Citytop-scorerSergioAgueros23rdgoalofthecampaignandathirdinasmanymatchesfromGermanmidfielderLeroySanesealedacomforta-ble2-0PremierLeaguewinatstrugglingSunderlandonSundayasGuardiolasteamreclaimedthirdplaceandwerelefteightpointsbehindleadersChelsea。

VictoryathometoStokeCityonWednesdaywillpushManchesterCityintosecondplace,aboveTottenhamHotspur,inwhatpromisestobeatensefinaltwomonthstotheseason,withGuardiolasmenstillinboththeChampionsLeague,wheretheytakea5-3first-leglast16advantagetoMonaco,andthequarter-finalsoftheFACup,wheretheyfaceMiddl-esbrough。

TheformerPremierLeaguechampionshavehitformatjusttherighttime,withsevenwinsintheirlasteightgamesboostingtheirhopesofendingthecampaignwithanothertrophytoaddtothegrowingcollectionattheEtihadStadium。

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Werecomingintosomegoodformandmakingresults,andthatsimportantatthisstageoftheseason,saidManchesterCitymanagerGuardiola,whosesidehavelostjustoneoftheir11gamesin2017。

ItsanimpressiveruntheSpaniardfeelsCityhavetomaintainintheirquesttocutthesignificantdeficitonAntonioContesleagueleaders,whocanextendtheiradvantagewithvictoryatWestHamonMonday。

Guardiolaadded:WerecomingtoastageoftheseasonnowinMarchandAprilwherewitheverygameifyouwinyoustay,ifyoulose,thenyoureout。

BethatinthePremierLeague,intheChampionsLeagueortheFACup。

Theplayersknowthat,weknow,andtheclubknowsthatifwedontwinthenextgame,thenwellbeout。

CityfaceapivotaltrioofleaguefixturesagainstLiverpool,ArsenalandChelseastartinglaterthismonththatwillhaveamassivebearingontheirhopesoflandingtheirlatestdomestictitle。

Thatswhywehavetocontinueonthisrun,Guardiolaadded。

UpnextcomesStokeCityandthatssoimportantforusandwellneedoursupportersrightbehindussothatwecanreachthegamesagainstLiverpool,ArsenalandChelseawiththisunbeatenrecordandtrytomaintainthatlevelagainstthegoodteamsinthePremierLeague。

HerefusedtoruleoutcatchingChelsea,saying:Itsuptootherstojudgeourperformance。

Wedontthinktoimaginethebigtargetsandthebigobjectives,wejusttrytowinthenextgame。

Eveninalow-keydisplay,CityhadtoomuchqualityagainstaSunderlandsidewhoremainbottom,sixpointsadriftofsafety,afterwinningjustoneoftheirlast10PremierLeaguegames。

TheyfaceanothergameinMarch,beforeakeyrunoffixturesinAprilthatwillgoalongwaytodecidingtheirfateinwhatisafifthconsecutiverelegationbattleforthenortheastclub,whohavemadeahabitofescapingthedropintotheChampionshipinrecentyears。

Aprillookstobeareallybigmonthforus,saidSunderlandmanagerDavidMoyesafterseeinghissidestretchtheirwaitforahomeleaguewintomorethanthreemonths。

Wedontwanttobeadriftbythen,butweveonlygotonemoregameleftinMarchwiththewaythefixtureshavefallen。

ThehearteningthingisthatbythestartofAprilwewillhopefullyhavesomekeyplayersback,thelikesofVictorAnichebe,LeeCattermoleandJanKirchhoff,theformerEvertonandManchesterUnitedmanagerexplained。