“If we lose, it’s over”

Eight days remain. Nine for City, who have played one less game to date. It is the decisive stretch of the course, and in addition to having their sights set on the Champions League and continuing to progress in the FA Cup, the sky-blue must continue adding three by three to maintain their chances of adding a fifth Premier League in six years. In a little less than two weeks, Arsenal will visit the Etihad in a key duel for the future of the league season, and Pep Guardiola is clear about it: setbacks must be avoided. “If we lose, it’s over,” he explained. This weekend they receive a Leicester City in the relegation zone and with a new coach. They will do it without Phil Foden, who continues with discomfort as explained by the coach of the Mancunian side at the press conference on Friday.

What about Phil Foden?

“He’s at home, I don’t know. I think she will return to training soon, I think she feels better. I spoke to the doctors three days ago and they told me that he is feeling better but he is not ready yet. We will know when he will be when he starts training, and you will know it through our social networks “

What does your team need to win the league?

“Regularity. We are winning games that we didn’t win at the beginning of the season. When we played well we did very well, but we weren’t consistent. Everyone knows that if we lose the remaining games we won’t win the title. Starting tomorrow, if we lose we won’t be champions. And if we win we will still have some choice. We cannot forget that we are six points behind Arsenal, a team that has dropped very few points this season, that plays one game a week and that has more time to recover and analyze. It will be difficult to win if we stumble, so we have to win as much as we can.”

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Do you think that City is capable of achieving it?

“We haven’t done anything different, but we’re the second most consistent team in the league, so it’s not too bad either. Our problem is that Arsenal have been fantastic so far. They are doing very well, but we are not doing badly either. I don’t think it’s a disaster if we don’t win the league. We are there, but someone better than us and we just have to accept it, admit it and move on ”.

What impact will Arsenal only be alive in one competition and City in three?

“The truth is that I do not know. Sometimes we have a game every four days and that keeps us going and is useful for us. We will play several competitions until the end, and that will help us. Sometimes you play once a week and you lose the rhythm. If we have a few days or a week off, we lose our rhythm. In the six or seven weeks that remain, the players will give their all”.

Was De Bruyne upset at being substituted on Tuesday? Have you talked to him about it?

“If I need to talk to him I will, but I haven’t seen him. It is not the first time that he has happened in the world of football, he has happened in all the clubs and will continue to happen in the future. I understand that Mahrez did not play, that Laporte did not play, nor did Kalvin Phillips. When I make the team I always think of those who don’t play because everyone wants to do it and give their best. I understand that they want to help. Can you imagine these seven years without De Bruyne? Impossible. The players don’t think it’s personal, they know that at that moment I’m trying to do my best to win the game. If it works, I’m very good, and if it doesn’t, I’m very bad.”

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