Last Updated: 03/12/19 11:29pm
Pep Guardiola celebrates Manchester City’s 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday
Pep Guardiola says it would be “crazy” for Manchester City to start thinking about the title despite his side returning to winning ways on Tuesday night.
Gabriel Jesus scored twice as the reigning Premier League champions beat Burnley 4-1 at Turf Moor.
After the disappointment of Saturday’s draw against Newcastle, which left City 11 points behind Liverpool, this was a strong reaction from Pep Guardiola’s team, keeping their hopes of a third straight Premier League title alive.
“But the title is over?” Guardiola said with a grin on his face. “From what I read, nobody gives us a chance. It’s done.
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“I don’t believe it but it’s not about if I don’t believe it or not. Our team is stable, but with the distance we have to Liverpool, it would be a little bit crazy to think about the title, honestly.
“We have to think about the derby and game by game. It’s not just the Premier League. We have the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League so we just have to take this rhythm into the next set of fixtures.”
The last time City visited Turf Moor in late April they needed a win to maintain their slender lead at the top of the table and ground out a scrappy 1-0 victory.
Gabriel Jesus scores his second from a brilliant Bernardo Silva pass
Three points this time felt just as vital, with City having only won one of their previous five matches in all competitions.
After dropping two points against Newcastle during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at St James’ Park, this was an emphatic response from City
Indeed, it was the 36th time City have won a Premier League game by three or more goals under Guardiola – the most of any team in the competition since the start of 2016/17 season.
Jesus is the third top-scoring Brazilian player in Premier League history (32)
“It’s a good result thanks to our performance as we played really well,” Guardiola added. “I’m so satisfied with the way we played, and the way we have been playing in the last few games.
“Gabriel’s first goal is especially good and his second was an incredible assist from Bernardo. We need him and he needed to score these two goals as they will help him and the team in the absence of our incredible striker Sergio (Aguero).
“It was quite similar to the Newcastle game, but he didn’t score. The way we’ve been playing lately except 20 minutes against Chelsea, in the first half after we conceded a goal, the rest of the games we’ve been playing lately has been at a good level.”
Riyad Mahrez extended City’s lead with his 50th Premier League goal
Jesus believes City now face the challenge of playing every game with the same quality they showed against Burnley.
“That is the challenge,” the 22-year-old said after ending his 10-game scoring drought for club and country. “We have to fight every time we play. That is the level. Tonight we played good and win the game, it’s important.”
“I have to score when I play because Sergio (Aguero) scores every time. I want to play and score every time.”
‘Man City have nothing to lose’
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“Man City will be saying, let’s just go for it. They have nothing to lose. Liverpool have a gruelling set of fixtures and Fabinho’s going to be a big miss and who knows what could happen?
“Imagine if they lost Virgil van Dijk for instance. City have to just keep going about their business and try to keep the pressure on. They’ve chased down leads before and they’ll take heart from last season.”
Dyche: We never came out second half
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Meanwhile, Burnley slip to 11th following a fourth Premier League defeat in six games, with the side now facing a difficult trip to face Tottenham on Saturday,
Clarets boss Sean Dyche said: “It’s a tough result to take. But they are a top side and they turned up today. I felt in the first half we kept it tight, but early in the second half we never came out.
“From the second goal it was tough. When a group of Â£50m players turn up, it makes it really tough. We tried to have a rally but they have top-class players and it showed tonight.
“We’ve suffered this week with a few injuries, but you have to catch them on a quiet day and you have to play well. The opposite happened and against these teams you can’t give them a sniff.”
Man City vs Man Utd
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Burnley travel to face Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday; kick-off is at 3pm. Manchester City host Manchester United live on Saturday Night Football. Coverage starts on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event at 5pm with kick-off at 5.30pm.
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