Premier League – Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – December 16, 2017, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola gestures – REUTERS/Phil Noble
CAIRO – 31 December 2017: Manchester City rules the English league with 15 points away from the second placed team. Pep Guardiola’s team scored the most goals and won 18 times in a row, an exceptional achievement in the history of the competition.
However, the Catalan coach made clear in a pre-conference of the game against Crystal Palace that he distances himself from the euphoria surrounding the club, "I do not think we have won the league; we are still in December. I never did it in Barcelona or Bayern Munich; I'm not going to do it now."
Selhurst Park, the stadium of Crytal Palace, will host a match on Sunday between Manchester City and Crystal Palace in round 21 of the English Premier League.
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace will fight to escape the relegation zone, but in the last few rounds they have made it clear how difficult it is to win at their stadium.
"I watched the Crystal Palace match against Arsenal. And how they reacted in the second half was spectacular. They have this talent. They do not need to play at a very high level to create problems," Guardiola said about his next opponent, before insisting that the first defeat in the league for Manchester City will also come: "What we have done so far is unreal."
At the beginning of the winter transfer market, the Spanish coach valued also the most famous signing of recent days which involves a player who City was following; Virgil Van Dijk who recently joined Liverpool for £75 million.
Guardiola highlighted the level of the most expensive central defender in history, "Liverpool has signed an exceptional player; Van Dijk is a great defender. We will see in the future if it is a good signing. When Stones arrived everyone also said that he was very expensive. "
The Dutch defender was one of the names on the Manchester City list for signing this January. In spite of not obtaining him, Pep does not discard that they go to the market to reinforce the axis of their defense.
Pep stated, "I do not know what is going to happen. Maybe in the central position, because of the situation we have with Vincent Kompany, injured City’s defender, we should bring someone. But if I have to spend the rest of the season with the players I have, I will be happy. "
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