Pep Guardiola believes Manchester Metropolis should beat Liverpool to maintain their English Premier League title bid.
Metropolis shook off consecutive defeats to coast previous Southampton Three-1 at St Mary’s on Sunday, with David Silva and Sergio Aguero on the right track and James Ward-Prowse netting an personal purpose.
That south coast victory arrange a pivotal title battle with Liverpool on the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, with second-placed Metropolis trailing the league leaders by seven factors.
And Metropolis boss Guardiola has conceded solely a win on Thursday will likely be sufficient to maintain his aspect within the hunt to retain their crown.
“With the place of Liverpool, if we drop factors then it’s over, it’s completed; it could be virtually unattainable,” mentioned Guardiola.
“After all they’ll drop factors however not too many. If you wish to be there so far as attainable till the tip we’ve to recollect what occurred final season, and this as properly, aside from the previous few days.
“We always remember who we’re. Generally it’s a must to kick your face, be a bit of bit cussed and ask ‘guys, what occurred?’.
“Possibly I’m fallacious however all gamers in all places wish to do properly. Generally you must realise that eager to do properly shouldn’t be sufficient. It’s important to attempt it once more.”
Liverpool stretched their unbeaten begin to 20 matches with Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal at Anfield, laying down the gauntlet to Metropolis.
Guardiola’s males had faltered badly with consecutive losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester, following shortly on from their 2-Zero defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Metropolis eased previous Southampton on Sunday in a bid to shut the hole on Liverpool and switch the second half of the season into a real title race nevertheless.
And that left Guardiola happy along with his gamers’ response.
“We aren’t right here to ship a message, Liverpool know what they must do, we all know what we’ve to do on Thursday,” mentioned Guardiola.
“I do know the gap is large, seven factors, particularly as a result of they’re so strong and constant. However we’re at dwelling, hopefully our additional assist from our individuals on the Etihad might help, they will assist us.