Pep Guardiola says City cannot afford any slip-ups during title race

Pep Guardiola speaks to the press

Pep Guardiola has no intention of dedicating his working life to football like Roy Hodgson Credit Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool now lead the Premier League by two points from title rivals City, though the Merseyside club have played a game more than Pep Guardiola's side.

De Bruyne starred as Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday to keep up the pressure on Premier League rivals Liverpool at the top.

"We'll have to win every game if we want to make back-to-back titles, we know that, and the players have shown they want to do it". City had eased to their own win at Crystal Palace to assuage any anxiety conjured by a rare defeat against Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, with their dominance in south London threatened only for a brief period near the end.

"We think Liverpool are going to win all their games, but the Premier League position is in our hands", he said.

The miss left manager Pep Guardiola with his head in his hands and fans likely questioning how a player in such good form could miss such a relatively easy chance.

"I'm so pleased", added Guardiola. We've played with incredible personality in all the games, including the Champions League games.

Palace enter Sunday's game 11 points clear of 18th place Cardiff City and are probably safe from relegation this season. "Incredible numbers and it shows how consistent we are". Palace's home record is however not exactly impressive in the top-flight this season as they have won just four times from 16 games at Selhurst Park.

"I think they have been very lucky in the past one or two months".

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