Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his team cannot afford to think the title race is over as they prepare to face Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday (Norwich 20/1, Draw 15/2, Manchester City 1/6 – match result).
The reigning champions have a nine-point advantage at the top of the league over Liverpool, but the Reds do have one game in hand.
Klopp has already started the mind games ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, with the German claiming he is “not sure” if his side can apply enough pressure on the Citizens.
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It will come as no surprise to see that Guardiola disagrees with his fellow coach, and he says his side cannot afford to overlook the Canaries at Carrow Road.
He told reporters: “I don’t believe him.
“Absolutely (it’s possible), and he thinks the same. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be the competitor that he is. Of course, he believes.
“In football, everything can happen. But he knows that he has to win a lot of games – like we know we have to win a lot of games – to fight to be champion again.
“The margin to Liverpool is nothing. We have to win a lot of games – a lot – with many points, more than 90 points, to arrive at 95 or 96, to be champions. I’m pretty sure of that, definitely.”
Guardiola will be without Gabriel Jesus and Cole Palmer for Saturday’s 17:30 KO, while Norwich boss Dean Smith will welcome Josh Sargent back after he missed the previous two games through illness.
Lukas Rupp is a doubt, because of a hamstring issue, while Ozan Kabak and Andrew Omobamidele are definitely out.
Norwich are unbeaten in three league matches, but they have lost their last two games to City 5-0, and a repeat of that is priced at 14/1.
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