Manchester City gaffer, Pep Guardiola, has said that he is relieved that his side have not been cut adrift in the Premier League title race.
Guardiola revealed that there were fears his City side would be cut adrift this season as they battled a Treble hangover. But speaking on Friday, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss spoke of his relief that his side is showing no sign of fatigue even after last season’s long campaign.
He also admitted that he has been left impressed by Liverpool, whom he described as ‘unbelievable’. Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sit at the top of the table and have one foot in the Carabao Cup final after beating Fulham 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday night.
“I was not scared, but I didn’t know what was going to happen after winning the Treble with no rest to get our gear off and a hangover from the Treble,” Guardiola said.
“Immediately [there was] Japan, Community Shield; we didn’t have any time mentally to recover; not even myself – I was tired when I started.
“The competition helped us to have a spark, to reignite again and that’s why we won two titles already, have qualified in the Champions League and are there.
“I was a little afraid to be far far away because I know how Liverpool is back playing unbelievable with their best moments in many years.
“I know it will be difficult. Even Arsenal dropped points, but I saw how they played against West Ham and against Liverpool in the FA Cup – how good they play, the chances they create.
“It’s similar to when we didn’t get results against Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Tottenham, but I have the feeling and Aston Villa are so consistent and Tottenham as well.”
Guardiola also revealed that Erling Haaland will not be back in time for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United – but explained that Kevin De Bruyne could be available to start at St. James’ Park.
“Jack [Grealish] has been sick and hopefully today he is back. Erling is out and John [Stones] is out. I think that’s everything,” the City boss said.