“It’s the toughest team I’ve ever played as a manager” – Pep Guardiola talks up Liverpool ahead of Barca showdown
City Manager Pep says Liverpool will be ranked biggest achievers if they win the Epl ranks season.
The battle for the title decider was dragged to the final game of the season after Liverpool’s fought hard win over Benitez Newcastle on Friday night.
City face Leicester at the Etihad Stadium on Monday in a very tricky tie, they’ll need to win if reclaim top spot and retain control of their destiny.
And Guardiola feels he has never been pushed as hard, in all his times as a manager in both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
He said: “It’s the toughest league I’ve ever played as a manager, for the quality from the rivals, no doubts. That’s why being there is incredible.
“But, of course, only one will take the prize and the other one will be at home sad.”
Asked how he would rank title success, he said: “A lot, a lot. One of the biggest achievements.”
It’s not a frenzy for city this time around although, the had last season won the Epl with 19 points ahead. Hitting a record 100 points last season.
He said: “Arriving at this stage, two games left with 92 points, after 100 points, that is the most satisfaction I’ve had as a manager. It’s not easy, honestly, and they did it again.
“I would not say that 100 points was bad and that we are not satisfied with what we did last season but, at the same time, we were seven points behind [this season].
“You give credit for the titles and how huge our rival is. In my career as a manager, I played against incredible sides and there are two that were ‘wow’.
“One is the Barcelona of Luis Enrique with Neymar, [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suarez in front. The other is this Liverpool. I think they’re the best two sides I’ve faced as a manager.
“That’s why being there, with it in our hands, fighting against them until the end, after being seven points behind—it’s incredible what we have done. But it will make more sense if we are able to lift the Premier League.”
Since their elimination from the Champions League last month against Tottenham, city has gone ahead to win 12 games. However, they’ll need more wins to seal the icing on the cake.
Guardiola said: “I think in the last games of the season when everyone plays for something, always the games are more tight. People take more caution about what happens.
“We play for the Premier League and sometimes your mind is thinking a little bit about what will happen. That’s normal.
“What’s important is at Burnley we didn’t concede one shot on target or one corner away. That’s awesome, that is incredible.
“We created enough chances to score more goals and on Monday we’ll try the same.”