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Guardiola: 'A privilege to be in this situation'

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are ‘privileged’ to still be in contention to challenge for a historic quadruple.

After a fortnight’s break for international duty, the Blues resume Premier League action tomorrow when we travel to take on Fulham at lunch time where victory will take us back to the top of the table – for 24 hours at least.

With City having already secured the Carabao Cup and with an FA Cup semi-final and Champions League quarter-final to look forward to, it’s shaping up to be a thrilling, if hectic, finale to the season.

And for his part, Guardiola believes it’s a scenario that should be embraced.

“We are privileged to be in that situation - in all competitions in April and to fight for titles. (It’s an) Incredible experience,” said the Blues manager.

“I don't know how many teams in history fighting for four titles so it’s nice, it’s good. I think they are fresh mentally and in the legs.

“It is what it is. In three days, we have Cardiff and then a semi-final so it is difficult.

“After we start the Champions League then we have (Crystal) Palace, we have three days between games - it is what it is. It is nice to have that.”

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It promises to be an intense and defining final two months of the campaign with games coming thick and fast across three competitions and the Blues facing eight games in April alone.

The boss said he was relishing the challenge but stressed that he and the players would be looking no further ahead than the next game and the next challenge.

“Well, I am looking forward to it (but) I don’t think too much ahead,” Guardiola added.

“I think of all the games we have, and I am learning what kind of games we have but one game helps to win another one and another.

“I am always cautious if we drop points how we are going to react for the next one because that happens. We cannot demand ourselves to win four titles and put too much pressure on ourselves.

“If we have bad game then people say how we lose the game and we say how we win the next one.

“Tomorrow we will not win the Premier League, but I think we could lose the Premier League.

“In the Premier League (there are) still many important games to play.”

Pep was also asked about the incentive of the Blues attempting to become only the third side in Premier League history to successfully retain the Premier League title.

Chelsea and Manchester United are the only other sides to have achieved the feat since the league was established in 1992 and no side has managed to achieve back-to-back title triumphs since 2009.

“It is 10 years since it last happened (so) we know how difficult it is. We spoke about that,” the boss added.

“The last month together we go through in knockout competitions and (now) we have to put everything we have in every competition to go as far as we can.

“We need to win every game. I think it’s a good sense to think in situations going out there if we don’t win then we not win competition.

“Play with pressure, if we draw here maybe they draw, we should not think about that. Palace away or game here, if you think about semi-final next Saturday, we cannot think in that way. Anything can happen in 90 minutes.

“There is only one option and that is to win the game. Nothing happens until it happens.

“Maybe we cannot win if it happens it because the opposition is better, that’s okay.

“If it’s in our heads we win all the games then we will be champion. Maybe with the amount of games we have we will drop points.”

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