Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has laughed off claims that his side will replicate Arsenal’s “Invincibles” achievement this season, Goal reports.
The City boss was quizzed on whether his side could go the duration of the 2017/18 campaign without a defeat in the Premier League. However, his answer was rather defiant, and he is taking each game as it comes.
I would like to say to Arsene (Wenger) that this record belongs to him. We are not going to break him. He has to be calm and sure that is not going to happen.
It belongs to his team, an exceptional team, because to go through the Premier League unbeaten is something fantastic.
City are yet to lose a game yet in all competitions, and have drawn just twice – to Everton in the Premier League and to Wolves in the Carabao Cup, before progressing on penalties.
It belongs to him. He has to know that we don’t want to break this record. We want to play well and beat him on Sunday. That is what we want to do.
Guardiola’s City side are currently steaming ahead at the top of the Premier League table, and have also already qualified for the round of 16 in the Champions League with two group stage games yet to be played.
We are five points in front ahead of [Manchester] United. How many games left? 28. How many points… mathematics, I am a disaster… 84. 84 points to play, five points in front. It is nothing.
If you tell me we will play until May the way we have played over the past two months I will tell you we have a good chance to win the Premier League. But who assures me that is going to happen? Who can assure me we are not going to have injured players or have bad moments?
The Citizens will now turn their focus towards Sunday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium against Arsenal, who will be keen to cause an upset.
Even for the best teams in the world in history, it is impossible to maintain what we have done over the last two months. March and April are the best months to talk about that. With 84 points to play for, it is nothing.