Pep Guardiola Aims Subtle Dig at Liverpool, Arsenal with ‘higher Standards’ Comment

Pep Guardiola Aims Subtle Dig at Liverpool, Arsenal with ‘higher Standards’ Comment

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Pep Guardiola admitted the high expectations his side has
  • City are seven points behind league leaders Liverpool
  • Guardiola believes other title contenders are not under as much pressure

Pep Guardiola appears to be done with the mind games as he recently spoke his mind about the title race and expectations on Manchester City.

The Cityzens are in a rut, as their latest defeat to Aston Villa saw them fall further behind in the title race.

Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace saw them jump to the top of the table, seven points behind Pep Guardiola’s side.

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Pep Guardiola looks on prior to the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Villa Park on December 06, 2023 in Birmingham, England. Photo by James Gill
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City could, however, reduce the gap to just four points when they take on Luton town on Sunday, December 10.

It is unfamiliar territory for Guardiola, who could potentially experience a fifth straight league game without a win.

Guardiola expressed the pressures of managing a club with extremely high expectations ahead of the game.

"What they demand of us, they didn't demand of our friends - at all," he said, as quoted by BBC.
"There is only one team that is going to 'fail' to win the Premier League, that is us. For the rest, [winning] it is a big success. Any team.
"In the end, if they don't win - Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, everyone - it is normal because City should win. It is unfair. It is difficult to handle that every week, every three days, for years and years."

City has won three Premier League titles In a row and secured a historic European treble in the 2022/23 campaign.

They are seeking to become the first club to ever win four Premier League titles in a row, but there has been talk of the team suffering fatigue from the gruelling matches they endured last season en route to success.

Guardiola added: "In football, in sport, in life, the most difficult thing is to win and win and win. We have done it. For many years, we were the main candidates to win everything, and we were there. When we were out in the semi-final of the Champions League (against Real Madrid in 2022), it was a big disaster. That was our level.

The incredible stats of Bournemouth

Sports Brief also reported on how Bournemouth have turned their fortunes around after a superb run of form.

Their latest win, a 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United at home, ensured they collected 13 points out of the available 15 in their last five games.

Only a few weeks ago, Andoni Iraola’s side was battling relegation, but they currently find themselves in 13th place on the log.

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