Thom Malone
Thom Malone

15.49 30 Apr 2021


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Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to his Manchester City team and expects plenty more success into the future.

City can take one step closer to wrapping up the title in their game against Crystal Palace in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off. Although with a short turnaround from their European action mid-week, the Catalan coach has concerns.

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"Tomorrow we have an incredible opportunity to make that step. We now recover from Paris - it’s our sixth game in a row away. We are tired in many aspects."

Guardiola paid tribute to "the quality of players" and how "intelligent" they are.

Manchester City Legacy

City only need five more points to be crowned Premier League Champions and Guardiola says much of the foundations for his work were laid long before he arrived at The Etihad.

"We try to buy as good players to sustain it for a longer time," he said.

Guardiola puts his period of success down to the consistency since the first Premier League he won with City - "the development, the facilities, professional in all departments, I came from Barcelona and Bayern and I know what I’m talking about - it's more than just incredible players.

"[City] started to build with Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and the others, sporting directors and CEO’s this decade - it’s been a successful period, it’s not just the people right now.

When asked whether he has a team of midfielders, Guardiola admitted "I like players who have the ability to keep the ball. It’s one of the principal things I am looking for. Players have to keep it in difficult circumstances.

"The success of the season so far is the humanity and quality of players. The second is not thinking much outside of the next game.

"When you have a team like this you can sustain it for a long time," Guardiola said.


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