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Guardiola hails ‘incredible’ points tally ​

PEP TALK: Guardiola has heaped praise on his players after our 12th-straight league win

PEP TALK: Guardiola has heaped praise on his players after our 12th-straight league win

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s points tally so far this season is an “incredible” achievement.

With two games remaining, City sit top of the table on 92 points after a tight 1-0 win at Burnley on Sunday afternoon, our 12th straight win in the league, meaning victory in our final two matches will see us crowned champions for the second successive year.

In fact, City have now taken 192 points from our last 74 Premier League matches - a remarkable statistic that underlines our consistency over the last two seasons – and Guardiola was quick to praise his players after the win at Turf Moor.

“The pitch was so, so dry and it was so difficult to move the ball quickly,” he said.

“But in the second half we increased our desire to win – quite similar to the game at Old Trafford – and three more points. Two games left. It was an important victory for us.

"We controlled the long ball and we had chances to score the second goal - in the last minutes anything can happen, always it is difficult if you cannot close the game.

"In the first half we didn't create too much but of course it is what it is, we knew in these kind of games you play with intention and 92 points is incredible - it is in our hands, we must win our next two games and our next one against Leicester."

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Burnley's physical and direct style caused City problems, but we showed once again that we can respond to such challenges with a spirited second-half display. 

Guardiola admits we were far from our best in the first half against Burnley but says our improvement after the break was key to victory.

"We knew we just need to go forward, don't make fouls and concede as little as possible the fouls and corners," he said.

"We had a penalty not given - which I think is a penalty. We could have won by more distance, I'm so happy for the victory and now we have a week to prepare and hopefully we arrive at Brighton with the chance to be champions."

"We didn't concede one shot on target or one corner, we are a small team but we are smart, in the first half the pitch was so dry and it was slow but in the second half we knew we had to score our goal.”

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