Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City to maintain their ‘focus’ in the title race following the club’s impressive unbeaten run.
City are currently unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions and have won their past 10 fixtures in succession, with Guardiola’s side facing struggling West Brom this evening knowing victory will move them top of the Premier League.
The club’s impressive recent form has seen their odds of reclaiming the title slashed by the bookmakers, City now the odds on favourites to secure a third Premier League crown in just four seasons.
Guardiola, however, is keen to ensure standards do not slip as his side look to maintain their winning run, calling on his players to remain focused only on the next game ahead of tonight’s trip to the Hawthorns.
“Focus and concentration and, believe me, this is the best advice – focus on the next one,” Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference.
“People want predictions of who will be champions, how many points etc. Focus on the next game. Now it is not about Sheffield United or Burnley – it’s about West Brom. That’s the only way.
“I never say to the players ‘Win five games in a row.’ I say ‘Win the next one and see how many we can win.’
“When you have won 10 games in all competitions, focus on the next one. That’s all that matters. After we see what happens. When you start to think ahead, you will lose a lot.”
Guardiola admits he pays little attention to the current table and played down the significance of potentially moving ahead of Manchester United this evening, insisting his focus remains solely on results and securing another three points this evening.
“The leader is United. They are top of the league,” he said.
“When we have played the same games, we will see. But the distance between top teams is so narrow.
“I don’t watch the table much. I didn’t when we were 12th, eight points behind. Now is the same.”