Pep Guardiola takes issue with the ‘most awful sentence’ about Man City in the title race

As the Premier League title race intensifies, Pep Guardiola has expressed his discontent with a statement he considers to be the ‘most awful sentence’.

Manchester City currently trails league leaders Arsenal by eight points, but with a game in hand, they aim to close the gap when they face Liverpool.

Despite leading his team to four of the last five Premier League titles, Guardiola emphasizes that past success holds no weight in the current competition.

He acknowledged that the Gunners have a ‘real advantage’ over his side and lamented the tendency of managers and players to use the aforementioned ‘awful sentence’.

Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta embrace before their FA Cup tie. Image: Alamy

“The advantage is eight points in front of us, this is a real advantage,” he said ahead of Man City’s home fixture against Liverpool.

“The past is the past. Experience doesn’t count. Absolutely nothing. Sometimes managers and players say, ‘I don’t have to show anything, I don’t have to demonstrate anything because of what I have done in the past’. It’s the most awful sentence, every time I hear players or managers thinking of that.”

Guardiola reinforced his view on the past being the past, adding: “You have to prove it every single day, again and again and again. The past is the past. The memories when you are a grandfather, it’s okay, it’s nice. But the reality? The people come to the Etihad Stadium tomorrow at 12:30 don’t think about what we have done in the past.

“You have to show (it), you have to, again and again. Otherwise you have to retire.”

As Manchester City continue their pursuit of the Premier League title, they face a crucial encounter against title rivals Arsenal, while also preparing for a heavyweight clash against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Guardiola and his team are eager to secure their first ‘Big Ears’ trophy in the prestigious European competition.

In contrast, Arsenal’s European campaign has come to an end after their loss to Sporting CP, leaving them to focus solely on their domestic campaign.

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