Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has delivered a tongue-in-cheek comment to Southampton ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Tuesday.
The 51-year-old was speaking to Sky Sports after his side’s enthralling 2-2 draw away to West Ham on Sunday. He was asked whether he had any comments for the Saints, to which he jokingly replied:
Pep Guardiola jokingly told Southampton to “beat Liverpool 4-0” when asked if he had a message for the Reds’ opponents on Tuesday after Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with West Ham… 🎙️💬 pic.twitter.com/V66OlisL3i
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“I would say, beat Liverpool four-zero!.
“The big, big privilege we have is that, at home, it’s in our hands. We don’t have to look at anything else other than ourselves. We just have to give everything.
“I said [to the players], ‘Don’t be sad today because we gave a really good performance.’ It’s fair, against this opponent, to arrive at the last day to decide who gets the title because both teams are so good.”
Manchester City showed great determination to claw back from a two-goal deficit at halftime to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw away to West Ham. Riyad Mahrez fluffed his line from 12 yards when his late penalty was saved by Łukasz Fabianski.
The draw saw the defending champions move four points clear of Liverpool, having played one more game.
The Reds could cut the deficit to one point if they claim a win away to Southampton on Tuesday and this would see the title decided on the final day.City will, however, be crowned champions if Jurgen Klopp’s side fall to defeat at St Mary’s, while a draw is also to their advantage, owing to their superior goal difference.