Manchester City drew with West Ham two goals down but Riyad Mahrez’s missed penalty prevented Pep Guardiola’s Blues from putting a hand on the Premier League trophy
Pep Guardiola admitted he is praying Manchester City won’t see him through another agonizing final day of the Sergio Aguero drama after the draw with West Ham.
Guardiola watched his players stage a brilliant 2-0 comeback to earn a point and knew if they beat Aston Villa next Sunday they would be crowned champions. But title rivals Liverpool can make it to the final day if they win at Southampton on Tuesday and that will bring back memories of City clinching the title with Agüero’s last winner in 2012.
City boss Guardiola, who attended the celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of Agüero’s winner in the 93rd minute last Friday, said: “No, please not at this moment! “That moment a decade ago belongs to Sergio, Roberto Mancini and all the players who were there. I would say it’s similar because it depends on us.
“It’s going to be tough because there’s an emotional part and you have to analyze exactly what you have to do to beat Aston Villa. We’ll give everything for 95 minutes to win the title. Now there are no debates about goal difference or anything like that. We have to win our game to become champion. If we don’t win, Liverpool will be champions.
“But I can assure you of one thing. In a week our stadium will be sold out and we will give them all our lives over 95 minutes and they will give us their lives. It’s an incredible privilege to have the chance to win a game with our people at home to become champions. You can’t win the league against this Liverpool a month or two or three games ago. You have to fight to the end. They fought, we fight and the great privilege we have is that we have it in our hands at home.
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“We just have to look at ourselves and we’ll give everything. I said don’t be sad today because you put in a really good performance and it’s fair against these opponents to arrive on the last day to decide who’s the best “It’s because both teams are too good. The debate will be over if Liverpool lose at Southampton. If they win, it’s up to us.”
“We have to play the best game possible and I encourage all the Blues in Manchester to take to the streets that day, to the stadium, because they know we’ll do everything we can to win this game. They’ll be so proud, I’m pretty sure.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/guardiola-man-city-liverpool-premierleague-26970838 Pep Guardiola gives passionate warning to Liverpool after Man City drop points to West Ham