Pep Guardiola: Man City Boss Appears Resigned to ‘Lose’ Premier League Title to Arsenal or Liverpool

Pep Guardiola: Man City Boss Appears Resigned to ‘Lose’ Premier League Title to Arsenal or Liverpool

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 14, 2024 at 7:54 AM
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  • Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, appears prepared to 'give up' on the Premier League title
  • The defending champions are in a 3-way race with Arsenal and Liverpool for this season's crown
  • City provisionally sits at the top of the EPL table, albeit playing one more game than their rivals

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, seems prepared to relinquish the Premier League title to rivals Arsenal and Liverpool as the race for the coveted trophy heats up.

The Spanish tactician's side are engaged in a three-horse race for the 2023–24 EPL crown, with City momentarily ascending to the top of the league table following a resounding victory against Luton Town.

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Pep Guardiola appears ready to concede the Premier League title to his rivals, Arsenal and Liverpool. Photos by Simon Stacpoole/Offside and Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA.
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Following their commanding 5-1 triumph over struggling Luton, City find themselves two points clear at the summit, boasting 73 points from 32 matches played, according to Sky Sports.

However, Liverpool, facing Crystal Palace at home, and Arsenal, hosting Aston Villa at the Emirates, have the opportunity to reclaim the top spot on Sunday.

Is Guardiola conceding the EPL title to rivals?

Despite temporarily holding the lead, Guardiola has expressed his readiness to extend congratulations to any team that surpasses his side for the title, marking a potential end to their three-season reign.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager made these remarks following the victory on Saturday afternoon.

“For a few hours [we are top],” Guardiola told the BBC via the Daily Post.

When questioned about his title contenders, the 53-year-old maintained his concentration on what his team must accomplish to secure the EPL crown for a fourth consecutive season.

However, he also displayed a broad-minded attitude towards the possibility of relinquishing the title, indicating that he would accept defeat gracefully if his rivals were to emerge victorious.

“[Sunday] they have to play; all we can do is win our games, and if we cannot do it, we congratulate them.”

Guardiola aims EPL jibe at Arsenal

Pep Guardiola, while acknowledging the intense Premier League title race, previously aimed a subtle jibe at Arsenal during an interview, as reported by Sports Brief.

Reflecting on his past experiences with iconic rivalries at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola humorously questioned Arsenal's unexpected presence in the mix this time around.

He quipped, "In Barcelona, it was always Barcelona and Madrid. With Bayern Munich, it was Dortmund, so yeah, maybe it's the first time with three... 'What is Arsenal doing here?' No, [they’re] welcome."
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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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