The Gabon forward sees winning the Europa League as Arsenal’s only realistic option to qualify for the Champions…
Pep Guardiola insists City can still do better, despite leading the Premier League table by 16 points.
And when I came to Celtic, they hadn’t been in the Champions League for two seasons and I got them back. So maybe people are thinking, OK, Arsenal have been out of the Champions League and that is maybe the equation for someone like myself. That is enough encouragement to be focused.
“Football is the only game where you can not shoot on target and win a game”.
‘You’re going to get a Man United situation when Sir Alex Ferguson left, ‘ Merson told Sky Sports.
The Blues boss was quoted by the Independent as he spoke to the press ahead of his side’s weekend encounter with Manchester City, and questioned whether his higher-ups had the same will to win as he did. Since only three of those are against top-six rivals – home vs. Chelsea and Manchester United and away to Tottenham – seven wins shouldn’t be too hard.
Now on course for his seventh league crown in nine years of management in Europe’s top divisions, Guardiola has no doubt where his priorities lie.
He said: “The league is finished this season”.
That gives them a goal difference of +62, with the next best record in the top flight a mere +33, a statistic that only serves to underline their superiority, yet if any manager enjoys the role of underdog it is Antonio Conte.
“That’s why it’s so good for the manager as it’s a never-ending process as always you have something to do with the set pieces”. We have 75 points and they still want 78 or 79, so we need 81 or 82 to be champion.
“That is a toss of a coin, sometimes good, sometimes bad”.
Liverpool have become the latest Premier League club to report strong 2016-17 profits.
“The club knows very well what is my idea, what is my ambition”.
“Even when we lost we provided an outstanding performance”. “We must have great admiration for this team because they are having a fantastic path this season. With every game we win, it (the title) is closer”.
Key to that belief, according to the Belgian defender, is Guardiola. We have to turn the decisive moments into our favour.
Guardiola introduced Yaya Toure in the closing stages of the second half as they saw out the rest of the match with relative ease.
Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea last May was followed by the announcement that Wenger had signed a new contract after months of debate over his future, sparking talk of a long-awaited renaissance at the Emirates Stadium.