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Guardiola: Pressure to win the title is what I want

Pep Guardiola says he welcomes the pressure and spotlight as City seek to seal regaining the Premier League title, adding that he believes it brings the best out of his squad.

Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Chelsea combined with second-placed Manchester United’s win at Aston Villa on Sunday, meant our wait to clinch what would be a third title in four years goes on.

City could yet be crowned before we return to action at Newcastle on Friday night with United playing twice before then and needing to avoid defeat to keep their hopes alive.

But, addressing the media in the wake of Saturday’s frustrating loss, the boss said he welcomed the demands that come with seeking such success.

“The pressure to win the title is the pressure I want. We need that pressure to be a top side and a top squad,” Guardiola asserted.

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“People said the Premier League is over, but it is not over. You have to win the games.

“On Saturday we had the chances but, unfortunately it could not be possible for different reasons.

“We’re going to prepare now, mentally.

“We have one or two days off then focus, analyse Newcastle and try to win the game.”

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