Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Winning title against United not a motivation for Pep's City

Winning title against United not a motivation for Pep's City

With an global break on the horizon, City are next in action against Everton on March 31 before welcoming United to the Etihad Stadium on April 7 - which could see Guardiola's men secure their third Premier League crown and first since 2014. Of course, for the game against Basel he chose to go to Valencia. Ahead of Monday's match in hand, they sit one point behind 17th-placed Southampton, but with a goal difference of -26 compared to Saints' -15.

It leaves Pep Guardiola with only Gabriel Jesus as the only fit senior striker.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged English players to go out of their comfort zones and play in foreign countries during their careers.

The prospect would arise if City and second-place United both win their next game, against Everton and Swansea respectively.

City's victory at Stoke came courtesy of two goals from David Silva, whose season has been disrupted because of a family crisis, following the premature birth of his son Mateo in December.

Stoke have now managed just three goals in their past six games, and carried sporadic threat in a game that was effectively a free hit with no one expecting a result against the champions-elect.

Guardiola believes the wages on offer in the Premier League play a major role in discouraging players from having a spell overseas.The 47-year-old also thinks the Premier League 2 competition, for Under-23 players, needs to be stronger.

THIS Premier League fixture will be held on Monday, March 12.

'We're going to be together this week.

"When I play football, I forget".

City, meanwhile, can look forward to a memorable finale to the season given their current form and dominance over the Premier League although their demanding manager is clearly not in the mood to allow his players to relax.

"They're proving, by the games I've played, that age doesn't matter - they'll play you if you're good enough".

"I think when Sir Alex rebuilt the club it was because he was six or seven years with the same people and after six or seven years and then after do it again. It is not going to be handed to us".

David Silva inspired the latest win for the runaway leaders, scoring in each half by finishing off sumptuous team moves that have been the hallmark of City's season.

"In the bad moments, I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future, they were there".

"If we try to play football the same way they do then we will be beaten - that's the reality".

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