Guardiola speaks ahead of last PL tie with Brighton.
Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola believes his side is the favorite to lift the Premier League title with a victory over the Seagulls, but is wary they will pose a challenge to them.
City will finish just two points behind their record-setting 100 points of last term if they win the final league match-day of the season.
They all three points as Liverpool remain just a point behind with a furious title challenge and can clinch the title with a win over Wolves at Anfield if City draw or loss.
Guardiola’s squad needs a Victory over 17th place Brighton to retain the league but the manager thinks his side must be ready in case the going gets tough during their visit to the Amex Stadium.
”We must play well and be strong mentally, knowing it will be tough – it’s how we react even if we have bad moments,” Guardiola told reporters. “We have to focus on the game – how we want to play – and not worry too much [about the rest].”
”If the game is running into problems, be calm and think about what you have to do. You may have to go crazy in the last five, 10, 15 minutes but before that we have a plan and must follow the plan to win the game – that’s what we have done all season.
“Experience [of winning the title] is important but it’s only one factor. The most incredible moment in the history of this club was when Sergio scored that goal and, of course, they Aguero, Vincent Kompany, David Silva are important players but everyone has to contribute in the last game,
”We’ve talk about the two options if they play like they did recently so defensively, using set pieces, using long balls, using the counter-attack with Anthony Knockaert and Solly March, the build up with the two central defenders who are so good,
”But maybe at home in the last game they decide to go more forward but we have talked about what we can expect and how we handle both situations,he said.