Man City boss Guardiola says Arsenal title race isn’t over yet ahead of Fulham test
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes the title race isn’t over yet and is expecting a tough test away at Fulham. His side make the trip down to London on Sunday on the back of their crucial 4-1 win over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
They are now two points behind in the Gunners in the Premier League table but have two games in hand. Mikel Arteta’s men are next in action on Tuesday at home to Chelsea as they look to return to winning ways.
City take on a Fulham side who are 10th after an impressive first season back in the top flight after sealing promotion from the Championship last year. The Cottagers have also won two of their last three league outings.
Guardiola thinks his team shouldn’t take their next opponents too lightly and has said: “(The feeling after the Arsenal game was) Normal, as usual. Nothing special. We had a recovery training session and today (Friday) was a day off. We’re confident as we prepare for the Fulham game.
“Let’s see what they do. They have a lot of patterns and it is clear what they do. They have been together for a few years and did well in the Championship and have done (again) in the Premier League.
“They are exceptional with the way they play. Of course (Aleksandar) Mitrovic is an important player for them. He’s not available through suspension. They’re a well organised team. We have to be intense, aggressive and try to attack as much as possible.”
He has said that the title race isn’t over just yet: “When people say it’s over, it’s not over. When it’s over it’ll be over but it’s not. Still we have seven games, Goodison Park how aggressive [Everton] were and in every single game we play there and the opponent play for special things.
“Now we have to go to Fulham and win at a special stadium against an organised team. If we do our job we’re the closest but nothing is taken for granted. We were happy of course with the Arsenal result but that’s all, the day after it’s preparing for Fulham.”
City are in fine form and will take some stopping now as their have their sights set on the treble. After their clash against Fulham, they have West Ham on home soil next Wednesday as they look to keep their momentum going.