Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has called on his players and fans to embrace the pressure that comes with being just a win away from another Premier League title.
City will be up against Aston Villa on Sunday at home knowing a win will see them retain the Premier League title. Speaking in his press conference on Friday afternoon, the boss encouraged his players to express themselves as they usually would.
“We cannot control it, it’s just a football game,” he said.
“Don’t think about the consequences of if we win or not. Think about what we have to do to beat Aston Villa. Are they going to play with Ings and Watkins or just with Watkins? Play with a holding midfielder or not? McGinn on the outside or inside? This is what we have to handle.
“We have to be anxious? No, go there to try to enjoy the moment. If we are struggling, let’s go again and try to enjoy it. From my experience, that’s the best way to approach this situation.”
Should City win on Sunday, it will be the sixth title in 11 seasons. The first of those came just over ten years ago through Sergio Aguero’s injury-time winner against QPR.