Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

City 'so tired' and need fans' help - Guardiola

This writer asked a Manchester United player last week if any good could come from the pain of losing Saturday's Manchester derby and City winning the league.

Pep Guardiola's men will become the first team in the league's 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad - a fitting end to a season of nearly total dominance in the league.

Roy Keane has admitted that Liverpool FC deserve credit for the way in which they contained Manchester City in their 3-0 win over the Citizens in the Champions League on Wednesday night. "We have training on Friday afternoon and will see how his physical condition is".

"He is so strong", said the City boss. The game at Anfield was so tough.

But the Blues will go into this game - with a bit of concern after their momentum was brought to a crushing halt by a heavy defeat in the Champions League Quarter-final first leg away from home against Liverpool. He's the boss. You can be good with each other but still there is a distance between a coach and a player.

"Obviously you see the number of points that we have and it's easy to go to the books and to understand that with the number of points we have, we would normally be in the fight for the title", declared Mourinho.

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With the English title all but gift-wrapped, Liverpool, not United, remains the priority for City. Then news was delivered to the United players that Sergio Aguero, probably the most respected City player among United players, had scored a goal after 93 minutes and 20 seconds. Pogba is an incredible player.

"I said no. We don't have enough money to buy Pogba because he is so expensive", added the Spaniard. "We just have to be focused on what we have to do to win the game".

"It was a tough result and makes it hard for us next Tuesday", he said. So he has to protect his players and he has to know so he can not bring the players a guy like me, like a dog.

Jose Mourinho defends his Man United side in second place: "We deserved to finish second in spite of what you can say, the criticism you make". The door is nearly closed but it is still a little bit open.

"We are going to pick to win, there is no doubt, but there will be one eye on Tuesday".

United have won their last four league games, their best run since a six-game streak from December 2016 to January 2017. "On the left we have Fabian Delph, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Danilo so in this season we cannot do that, but maybe when Mendy comes back then sometimes we will do that because with Vincent Kompany, Nico (Otamendi), Aymeric Laporte and John (Stones) we have exceptional central defenders, so maybe we can use it".

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