Right now it is more or less certain that the title race is between City and Liverpool. "Of course every team is different with the setup and in our experience with Newcastle in the last two seasons against my colleague it's always tough - 0-1 there, 3-1 here - so it was tight".
I can not give them days off.
City's scheduling problems, and the League Cup Final meeting with Chelsea, have seen them bring a league fixture with Everton forward to a week on Wednesday (February 6), a game which could allow Guardiola to cut Liverpool's advantage at the top.
"When we score the first goal, we want to score more and more, and to play well and win the games". Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there because they are the best.
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Sheikh Mansour's acquisition of the club in 2009 proved to be a turning point, with three title triumphs, three League Cup wins and an FA Cup success enjoyed during his reign. "It's the only way I understand when you are in four competitions".
"We can - not get close to them, because it's hard - but imitate them, being in the competition until the last stages".
The Spaniard admitted there is still a lot to improve and insisted all at the club are eager to play in as many games as possible and rectify their shortcomings sooner rather than later.
The City boss says he can not see the Reds slipping up very often between now and the end of the campaign - and that means the Blues will need to keep winning in order to have a chance of retaining the title.
Since then, both sides have won all of their league games as the final third of the season approaches.
'When one player plays 20 minutes, I want the best 20 minutes they can play. "We want to go through and we want to play the later stages".