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Guardiola prepares Man City to ‘fight for every game’

Liverpool is hot on the tails of Manchester City in the title race after Tottenham beat the champions over the weekend.

Pep Guardiola told his Manchester City side to prepare to “fight for every game” after a weekend that saw the Premier League title race blown wide open.

On Saturday, the city was beaten 3-2 by Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium.

Harry Kane scored a last-gasp winner shortly after Riyad Mahrez had levelled from the penalty spot.

That result followed Liverpool coming from behind to defeat Norwich 3-1, and the Reds can close the gap to leaders City to three points by beating Leeds United in their game in hand on Wednesday.

In April, the top two also have to face this term at the Etihad again.

Guardiola acknowledged his side need to accumulate a vast haul to hold off high-flying Liverpool.

Guardiola said:

“We have to fight for every game, and every game we are going to win, we will be closer.

“I said weeks ago we have to make a lot of points to be champions, and this is what we will try to do.

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“I think we performed OK – honestly. And I never said the title race was over. It’s normal. In January and February, the teams at the bottom won their games because everyone fought for everything. It won’t be easy. We know it.

“But it’s happened. We lost a game. We will recover with training sessions and prepare for the next game.”

City had 71 per cent of possession against Spurs but was never ahead in the game.

“They defended in the 18-yard box, and it was so difficult,” Guardiola continued.

“They allowed us to go outside and closed all the channels inside, and then after that, they could run with their quality, but they didn’t run much. It wasn’t easy.

“Every time we played inside, we had to move outside then, and we arrived there and crossed. But for many reasons, we were not there to score.

“The first goal came from the quality they have, and the second is difficult to defend, and the third was our mistake. We were close to drawing and maybe won, but congratulations to Spurs.”

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