Pep Guardiola: Man City's title win 'special' due to busy schedule

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City’s imminent Premier League win is extra ‘special’ due to the hectic schedule this season… with his side able to wrap up the title this weekend if results go their way

  • Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City can seal the Premier League title this weekend  
  • City need to beat Crystal Palace and hope Manchester United lose to Liverpool 
  • Guardiola says the imminent title triumph is ‘special’ due to the hectic schedule
  • City are targeting the Champions League having already won the Carabao Cup 

Pep Guardiola counts Manchester City’s season as extra special because they have been afforded no time to think.

City could wrap up a third Premier League title in four years if they beat Crystal Palace on Saturday and Manchester United lose against Liverpool.

Guardiola expects United will make them wait by winning on Sunday, but hailed the resilience of his players as they edge nearer to becoming champions again.

Pep Guardiola claims Man City’s title triumph will be extra special due to fixture congestion

City can seal the league title this weekend if they beat Crystal Palace and Man United lose 

‘When you play every three days, you don’t have time to see things clearly,’ Guardiola said. ‘It’s always the next one — then travel, then organise the team, then whatever. 

‘This is the most difficult thing when you play a lot of games, like I always have, but the difference here is lockdown — our lives have changed completely.

‘That makes this season so special for everyone. Winning one title already, close to another and then play another final against PSG on Tuesday. It has been exceptional.’

City are also chasing Champions League glory having won the Carabao Cup last weekend

City will have contested 61 matches this season if they progress to the Champions League final, averaging one game every four days. 

Guardiola managed more while at Barcelona — 64 in 2012, 62 in 2011 — but the truncated nature of this campaign has made it his most intense yet. The Catalan has also not been able to analyse performances properly.

‘It is home, game, home, travel,’ he added. ‘We don’t have time to take a break and see what has happened. In this business, everything is easier if you win.’

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