After his side’s midweek defeat of Wolves, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola maintains he is only concentrated on beating Manchester United this weekend, rather than the likelihood of his side breaking records with their current winning streak – and downplayed his side’s position as champions-elect by reiterating that Liverpool still holds the title.
On Tuesday night, City’s invincible winning machine moved another step closer to the title by defeating a tenacious Wolves side at the Etihad.
The People had almost full possession of the ball, but an own goal by Leander Dendoncker was canceled out by a Conor Coady header on the hour mark, threatening to end their unbeaten run.
The Premier League leaders took advantage of their continued dominance, scoring two late Gabriel Jesus goals and a stoppage-time Riyad Mahrez goal to stretch their winning streak to 21 games in all competitions.
They have won all of their last 15 league games and have matched a club record of 28 consecutive league and cup games, which they accomplished under Guardiola from April to December 2017.
Setters of the pace Manchester United now lag City by 15 points, even though the Red Devils have a game in hand against City this Sunday (4.30 pm kick-off), which is against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Guardiola was happy with his players’ success in the 4-1 victory over Wolves, as they recovered from a loss to win, just as they did against West Ham at the weekend.
Guardiola acknowledged that his team is in a great position to dethrone Liverpool and win their third title in four seasons, despite ignoring the notion that they are closing in on the title.
“Fantastic game,” he said. We suffered as a result of conceding the goal with their first shot on target.
“It’s so difficult to play against them because they just concede a few goals and then wait, and their rivals are well aware of their pace upfront.”
“However, we were awesome and managed the game extremely well. We suffered for five minutes after 1-1, but we overcome the situation and, in the end, created a plethora of chances. It was well earned.
“We got off to a fantastic start in the second half. In the first five, ten, and fifteen minutes, we created more opportunities. Following that, we lost two balls because we tried to strike too fast.