Michael Brown believes past experience will help City to embrace the pressure as the Premier League title race enters its decisive second half.

Last Thursday’s magnificent 4-2 comeback win at the Etihad against Spurs saw the reigning champions close the gap on leaders Arsenal to five points at the top of the table.

With Pep Guardiola’s side in action on home soil again early on Sunday afternoon against Wolves, it means another win would reduce the gap at the top to two points before Arsenal play host later than day against Manchester United, though the Gunners would have two games in hand.

Having been crowned champions in four of the past five seasons, Brown believes that with City now at the halfway point of our campaign we can look forward with confidence and belief.


And with the bulk of Guardiola’s squad well versed in the art what it takes to secure Premier League title glory, the former City midfielder says the title race is a prospect they will relish rather than fret about.

“These players are just used to the pressure now - they are not fazed by it anymore,” Brown asserted.

“They are just controlling it and the demands they have under the manager and that’s why they don’t really feel it.

“There are games coming thick and fast and I feel like it’s all set up for Manchester City to go and take it.

“The middle of February - that’s the game that everyone is looking out for at the Emirates, but Sunday is the key one for now.

“Win that and City can look to keep the pressure on.

“Thursday was a big, big second half and hopefully confidence wise with the belief, players getting more minutes and that pre-season feel coming out of January will mean nearly everyone is up to speed.”


For his part Paul Dickov, a fellow special guest on Thursday’s Matchday Live programme, believes City’s approach and mentality won’t change for the visit of Julen Lopetegui’s side.

And Dickov added that the fierce competition for places within Pep Guardiola’s squad would help bring the best out of everyone.

“They won’t change for Wolves in terms of what they do and how they play,” the former City and Scotland striker added.

“Winning against Spurs was massive for the players and the crowd – and going into the Wolves game as they’ll be right up for it.

“They know that we play before Arsenal play Manchester United so we could be just two points behind them if we win.

“They will take it game by game and I’m sure there could be changes when you look at the bench on Thursday night.

“And the players that do come in will want to do well.

“The players know that they have to perform to a top, top level. Otherwise, they won’t be out there so, all told, I think Thursday was a huge, huge result.”