Pep Guardiola of Manchester City compares winning the Premier League to serving for the Wimbledon title.
Pep Guardiola likened Manchester City’s attempt to win the Premier League title this weekend to serving for a Wimbledon crown.
City will win the league if Arsenal loses to Nottingham Forest on Saturday or if they beat Chelsea the next day.
They are also on course for the treble after defeating Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Wednesday.
“Tennis players say serving to win Wimbledon is the most difficult,” City manager Pep Guardiola stated.
“It never stops. Of course, we are thrilled to be playing in the Champions League final, but now comes the most difficult part.
“But the game is in our hands on Sunday to win the most important competition.”
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Guardiola believes City have exhibited the same mentality this season as they did in previous title-winning campaigns, despite trailing long-time leaders Arsenal for the bulk of the season.
They trailed the Gunners by eight points at the start of April, but an 11-game winning streak dating back to February has seen them open up a four-point lead at the top as they pursue their fifth Premier League crown in six seasons.
“Now we’re talking about mindsets because we won.” And I do not believe it. When we lose, I defend the team, and they have the same mentality,” Guardiola remarked.
“This is the truth. To regain eight points on Arsenal, we had one game in hand at the time, so it felt a little phony, but we knew we had to win practically all of them and they had to drop it.
“It would have been impossible to catch Arsenal if they had maintained the same rhythm as they did in the first half of the season.” However, they dropped a couple points and we were there. Another season has passed, and that means a lot to us.”