“We are leaders but there are still 54 points at stake”

The Manchester City seems unbeatable. This Tuesday he beat 1-0 at Brentford and closed 2021 reaping his tenth win in a row in Premier League. With those three points he expanded his lead at the top and now leads Chelsea eight ahead, which drew 1-1 with Brighton. In addition, as if that were not enough, City broke two historical records to continue marking the golden era of the club. Yet even though everything is rosy for Pep Guardiola, the Catalan was cautious and did not want to celebrate too much on New Year’s Eve.

The City finished the leading year. Photo: AP.

What did Pep say?

“We won 10 games in a row, adding 30 of 30, and we are at the top with eight points of advantage, but 54 are still up for grabs. We are at the end of December, and at this point no team is champion, “explained the coach, who does not want to celebrate ahead of time.

Pep ante Brentford.  Photo: REUTERS.

Pep ante Brentford. Photo: REUTERS.

And he added: “Obviously we are in a great position. But we are going to have lows, although for now we are fine: we qualified for the eighth in the Champions League and we are up in the Premier. And after all these years together, the players still have the desire to play well and fight for the team, that’s very good for us. “

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The analysis of the game

In addition, the 50-year-old DT took stock of what was his last commitment of the year. City won by the minimum against Brentford, a newly promoted team that ranks 14th in the table. However, despite the difference in the hierarchy of the campuses, the Bees were planted in their house and faced the last champions.

Guardiola knew that the set of Thomas Frank He was going to present difficulties, that’s why he left satisfied with the performance of his team, even though it was not the best of the last games (in the last three dates City had scored 16 goals). In this match, Manchester’s men dominated possession and generated more dangerous chances, but they also had a hard time at times.

Thomas Frank, DT of the Bees.  Photo: AP.

Thomas Frank, DT of the Bees. Photo: AP.

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“It was the best performance we could give, we were smart. We conceded several chances because they are the best set piece team in the Premier League. “Pep acknowledged after the game. And he added: “The second half was much better. We played as visitors how to play. The quality of the players made the difference “.

Foden scored the winning goal.  Photo: REUTERS.

Foden scored the winning goal. Photo: REUTERS.

And he continued to give recognition to Brentford, who at times deserved the tie. Every time they put the ball in the area, they are very good. You just have to look at the results that Brentford has obtained this season. It was a tough game. They are exceptional at what they do and that is why the game we had was perfect for today. “

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Flores a Foden

The only goal of the night came from the feet of Phil Foden, a young English attacker who is one of Pep’s fetish players. “Since he recovered and returned to play, Phil has been outstanding,” released the Spaniard. “He can play in different positions and always plays at an exceptional level.. He is an incredibly good player and we know it. We have no doubts about that“he added.

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The Jewel of City, one of the UK’s biggest appearances in recent years, and it shows date after date. In this season it already accumulates seven goals and six assists in 20 appearances (several without completing the 90 ‘). “Foden doesn’t have to prove anything to me, you just have to show yourself that you enjoy playing football, that’s the most important thing “

Guardiola with Foden, his 21-year-old star.  Photo: REUTERS.

Guardiola with Foden, his 21-year-old star. Photo: REUTERS.

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When do they play again?

The Premier closed its curtain for 2021, but we will not have to wait too long for that of 2022 to rise. This Saturday, January 1, City will have action again for the English tournament, when it receives the Arsenal on Etihad. “Today we had a good win. But now We have to recover as quickly as possible because at 12.30 (9.30 in Argentina) on January 1 we have another commitment “Guardiola closed.

City and Arsenal open the 2022 calendar. Photo: REUTERS.

City and Arsenal open the 2022 calendar. Photo: REUTERS.

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