Guardiola urges Man City to ‘send a message’ to Premier League title rivals

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged his side to send a message to their Premier League title rivals with their performances.

The reigning Champions slipped to a surprise 2-1 loss away to Newcastle in midweek, and have now dropped to third place after Spurs win over the Magpies yesterday.

City have the chance to move back above Mauricio Pochettino’s side and within two points of leaders Liverpool when they face Arsenal today at the Emirates, and Guardiola feels that his side can ramp up the pressure on their rivals by putting in displays that show they are at the top of their game.

“At the same time, you send a message with the way they play,” Guardiola told his pre-match press conference.

“Managers are sitting watching our games on TV and when they see how good we are, that is the best pressure.

“It’s not the points, it’s the way you play. That is what we have to try to do again.”

“If you want to be a real contender you have to make a lot of points. We know it but to make a lot of points you have to be focused our our game and mentality. That is what we have to do again.

“It’s an important week but after this week if we are still there then the next games will be important too. When you arrive at this stage, every game is closer or further away from your wishes, your dreams.”

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