Pep Guardiola is positive about Manchester City’s chances of being crowned Premier League champions by beating Manchester United in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad.
City, currently on 84 points in the league table, will be confirmed champions if they beat United who are second on 68 points.
Ahead of this weekend’s derby, Guardiola said they must be fully concentrated as they edge very close to being crowned this season’s league champions.
“We are close to being champions,” he said in his press conference on Friday.
“It’s a coincidence because it’s the derby but it doesn’t matter. We just have to be focused on what we have to do to win the game.”
Guardiola praised City fans for always being there for the team through thick and thin.
“It will be so important in bad moments that we feel our supporters are there. Sometimes the players, managers they don’t deserve the supporters but that is not the case (here),” the Spaniard added.
He gave the latest update on Sergio Aguero’s injury after the Argentina striker missed the UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool on Wednesday.
“I don’t know right now. We have training this afternoon and we will see Sergio Aguero’s physical condition.”
And on his team’s 3-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League, the former Barcelona manager said: “Wednesday was a tough result, so difficult, but we’re going to try.
“Liverpool played like they always do at Anfield – the first 25 minutes of the second half we were good.”