Manchester City holds all the originality in the battle for the English Football League title. The defending champions extended their lead over Liverpool to three points with three games remaining after beating Newcastle 5-0 at home on Sunday. The Reds had already drawn 1-1 at home against Tottenham on Saturday. “Our fate is now in our hands,” City coach Pep Guardiola said.
However, his team still had to overcome difficult obstacles. Already on Wednesday we are away against Wolverhampton 8th, the following Sunday we will be away at West Ham 7th. For these two teams, participation in the European Cup is still at stake. Finally, a home game against mid-size Aston Villa awaits on May 22nd. Liverpool plays away with Aston Villa on Tuesday, then in Southampton led by Ralph Hessenhuttl, and at home against Wolverhampton.
It will be Man City’s eighth title and sixth since 2012. Liverpool will be hoping for their second win in the Premier League era since 1992/93. The Champions League finalist holds a total of 19 trophies and, according to Guardiola, is a favorite of many. “Everyone in this country sticks their fingers towards Liverpool, including the media. Of course, because Liverpool have an incredible history in European competitions. But not in the Premier League, they have only won it once every 30 years.”
The Catalan said that Liverpool is the most important besides Manchester United in terms of the title, history, legacy and drama. “We’ve only been there for ten, eleven, twelve years. I know we’re uncomfortable sometimes, but I don’t care. People want Liverpool to win and not us, that’s normal. They have more fans around the world.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could not confirm Guardiola’s perception. “I live in Liverpool. A lot of people here want us to win the league, but even here it’s probably only 50 per cent,” said the German, referring to the many Everton fans in the city. Despite trailing by three points, Klopp did not give up hope of winning the title. “We never stop believing in her,” the 54-year-old stressed.
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