Man City boss Guardiola speaks out on Man Utd challenging Liverpool – ‘I’m not concerned’

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not concerned by the fact Manchester United are level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are on a good run and beat Aston Villa 2-1 on New Year’s Day.

Guardiola is focused on his side though and is demanding improvement from his players.

City have been inconsistent so far this season and sit eighth in the Premier League, seven points off their rivals.

Guardiola’s side do have two matches in hand though and return to action against Chelsea later today (4.30pm).

“I am pretty sure Ole is happier than me – but I am not concerned too much about United,” the City manager said.

“I am so busy with what we have to do day by day with the players we have and working with my exceptional group of people in the backroom staff to move us forward.

“If United are there it is because they deserve it. Since I arrived at City I expected United to be there all the time.

“Sometimes in the last couple of seasons, it could not always be possible especially in the Premier League.

“But now they are there and if you want to learn about this league, my advice to my players is don’t think much about the next four, five, six fixtures and think about what happens if you win this amount of games.

“So the best advice I can give is just focus on the next one and then the next after that.

“Because if you think what can happen in January and February and the two games we have in hand we can lose these two games.

“Anything can happen. Every game is so tough so it’s better to be calm.

“Before I landed here people said that the real Premier League is where everyone can lose to everyone. I didn’t see it until now.

“Now is the first time I see that one team is able to lose or win by seven then after that draw. The results are unpredictable.”

Guardiola thinks it will be a season hard to call with many twists and turns to come.

The match against Chelsea will be a big test for both side with neither wanting to lose ground in the title race.

City then face United in a Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

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