Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Pep Guardiola: Man City manager praises his 'outstanding' players

Pep Guardiola: Man City manager praises his 'outstanding' players

They have taken nine points from three hard games to maintain the pressure on Liverpool, but Guardiola insisted they must be more consistent to hit their very best form.

City and Liverpool are both on 65 points with City having the better goal difference although they have played one more game than their rivals.

Chelsea on the other hand slip to sixth with the scale of the defeat sure to raise further doubts over Sarri's future.

Chelsea have conceded 12 goals in their last three Premier League away games, their battering at new league leaders City coming on the heels of a 4-0 thumping at mid-table Bournemouth.

And this was their worst loss in any competition since 1991 after failing to recover from Sterling's fourth-minute opener. With a cleverly taken free kick down the right, Kevin De Bruyne released Bernardo Silva, who cut back for Sterling to strike into the net.

Pep Guardiola's side were 3-1 winners against Arsenal on Eastlands last weekend before Manchester City eased to a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night.

City face Chelsea again on February 24 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, and Guardiola believes the result on Sunday has made the task in two weeks' time harder for his side.

When it came to awarding the penalty that allowed Aguero to complete his hat trick - after spotting Cesar Azpilicueta's foul on Raheem Sterling - Dean pointed exuberantly at the spot while jumping dramatically to end up in a pose with his legs outstretched in a squat.

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Additionally, he is now the highest scoring player against Chelsea (10), surprassing Shearer (Blackburn and Newcastle) and Thierry Henry (Arsenal). He missed but more than made up for it.

That was as much of a response as Chelsea mustered, though, and it only got worse for Sarri's chances of keeping his job in the second period. "We are lucky to score three from the first four actions".

This gritty success was the ideal preparation for hosting Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday. The more you win games, the more you have to work.

The Argentine striker's afternoon got much better soon after, however, curving home a sublime 25-yard effort before poaching a third to become City's all-time leading league scorer.

"The effort was fantastic, with the circumstances that happened in this game and also this season".

"If the president calls I'd even be happy, seeing as I never hear from him", Sarri said.

"All I can do is apologise to the fans because it is not acceptable", he said.

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