Pep Guardiola makes Manchester City claim as title race heats up

Manchester City return to Premier League action this weekend vs Brentford.

Man City are currently five points behind league leaders Liverpool but do have a game in hand on the Reds. Back Man City to win the title at 2/1 with bet365.

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Pep Guardiola claim

Ahead of the Brentford tie, Pep Guardiola has been keen to highlight how Man City have improved in this year’s title race, adding that their mentality is on the same level as Liverpool:

“We’ve improved,” he said. “A better team. It makes us feel alive. Last season was flat in that period so this is better. We have to defend ourselves because nobody is going to defend us.

“It’s not just three. Tottenham and Aston Villa are still there. My feeling when I see Arsenal playing is they control many aspects of the game.

“When you see Liverpool, every game they are better than the opponent. You can lose games but they are better. I know how strong they are but still we are there. I would say our mentality is there. I don’t have any doubts about it but if we lose a game maybe people say we don’t have the right mentality, like I heard this season.

“It’s not that. We’re going to try but against Brentford we didn’t win one point last season, the results have always been so tight. Brentford are my concern now. We have two days to prepare and focus and after we will see. My feeling is that we are there and this is really nice after where we come from.”

Manchester City have already lost three league games this season compared to Liverpool’s one, but they have had Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland on the sidelines for long periods.

Haaland made his return to the bench vs Burnley and is expected to be handed his first start since his injury vs Brentford.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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