Guardiola insists the title race is ‘not over’ despite win over Arsenal as Man City prepare to face Fulham

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Pep Guardiola looks frustrated Credit: Alamy
Pep Guardiola looks frustrated Credit: Alamy

Pep Guardiola insists the Premier League title race is far from over despite his Manchester City side taking firm control this week with victory over Arsenal.

City overpowered the Gunners 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday to move within two points of the leaders with two games in hand.

Guardiola’s side now have the chance to take top spot when they travel to Fulham on Sunday.

The City manager said: “People start to say they have the feeling it’s over, but it’s not over. It will be over when it’s over, and it’s not over.

“We still have seven games. Every single game we play for special things, for our opponents and ourselves. We have to do our game.”

City landed a major psychological blow on Arsenal with their performance and result in midweek but Guardiola has played down the significance.

“It’s been normal as usual, nothing special,” said Guardiola at a press conference. “We make a recovery training session. Today is a day off, so nothing special.

“We are preparing for Fulham, to see what they do. Their pattern is clear because they’ve been together a few years. I’m only concerned about that. It is normal we have so many games with so many competitions, but winning games helps to be ready and we have another opportunity on Sunday.

“Fulham are exceptional; Aleksandar Mitrovic is an important player and he is unavailable but they are a well organised team. We need to be intense and aggressive.”

Defender Nathan Ake misses the game at Craven Cottage as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury but the club are hopeful he will be fit before next month’s Champions League semi-final clashes against Real Madrid.

Guardiola said: “He’s much better, he seems good. The symptoms are good. Still he is not training with the team but I think he won’t be (much) longer.”

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