Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | ePaper
City must win every game to retain title: Guardiola
Manchester City must win their remaining five Premier League games to retain the title, insisted Pep Guardiola as his side took top spot from Liverpool with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling scored twice as City rarely looked troubled despite having failed to beat Palace in their last two meetings.
The English champions move a point ahead of Liverpool, who host Chelsea at Anfield later on Sunday, with five games remaining for both sides.
"We think Liverpool is able to win all the games," said Guardiola. "In the Premier League the position is in our hands and we need to win all the games.
"There is no other chance if we want to make back-to-back (titles)."
Guardiola's men had to see out a nervous finale at Selhurst Park to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool when Luka Milivojevic's free-kick gave Palace hope of a dramatic comeback nine minutes from time.