Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has called on his players and fans to embrace the pressure that comes with just winning away from another Premier League title.
City will face Aston Villa on Sunday at home knowing that victory will preserve the Premier League title. Speaking at his press conference on Friday afternoon, the coach encouraged his players to express themselves as they normally would.
“We can’t control it, it’s just a football game,” he said.
“Don’t think about the consequences of winning or not. Think about what we have to do to beat Aston Villa. Are they going to play with Ings and Watkins or only with Watkins? Play with a midfielder or not? On the outside or inside? That’s what we have to deal with.
“Do we have to be anxious? No, go there to try and enjoy the moment. If we’re struggling, let’s go again and try to enjoy it. From my experience, this is the best way to handle this situation.”
Should City win on Sunday, it would be their sixth title in 11 seasons. The first of these came just over ten years ago through injury-time winner Sergio Aguero against Queens Park Rangers.