City boss, Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City will need ’95, 96 points to retain their Premier League title this season, with Liverpool currently nine points behind.
Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday kept them nine points clear at the top of the Premier League standings, despite Liverpool having a game in hand.
On Saturday afternoon, the Blues go to Norwich City in search of another crucial three points and a step closer to retaining the league crown for the second time.
City boss addressed the ‘normal City’ approach of not being overly comfortable despite having a commanding lead in the title race during his pre-match press conference before of the game.
“I was born in Barcelona, the academy they teach me everything and the best way even there is everything can go wrong. The warnings to have yourself has to be individually or as a team, that tomorrow can go down and lose and lose,” Guardiola began.
“That’s the best way to approach. We make an incredible run in the Premier League, 14 games, 13 victories, and a draw. Liverpool is there behind the corner, which means how difficult it is.”
He continued, “It’s not about mentality, the players show it’s not about fear, it’s to face every game with optimism but knowing we can lose and drop points. It’s how you behave in the moments when you are losing.”
Moving on to talk about the mentality of his players, the Catalan boss was keen to point out a key action in Wednesday’s win.
“Against Brentford, we were 1-0 up, one bad ball from De Bruyne, he makes up the metres to help Stones at the back. We can’t ask more from the players,” the 51-year-old described.
“Of course, you can lose, nobody wins always. Important is to be there knowing if we want to fight to win the Premier League we have to win an incredible amount of points against this opponent we face many seasons.
“The margin against Liverpool is nothing. We have to win a lot of games, more than 90 [points]. Arrive more than 95, 96 to be champions. We can lose, it’s the way you lose. You lose in different ways.”