Pep Guardiola has denied that his ‘normal’ Manchester City side is the best globally team.
Even though City has opened up a significant advantage at the top of the Premier League.
On Tuesday night, the City moved 12 points clear of second-placed Liverpool with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Brentford.
Although Liverpool has two games in hand beneath them, Pep Guardiola’s men are well on course for a fourth Premier League title in five years.
They are also favourites to win this season’s Champions League and continue to fight in the FA Cup after beating Fulham in the fourth round at the weekend.
Despite a historic treble being a distinct possibility this season, the Catalan refused to accept that his Man City side is currently the best in the world.
Palmeiras the top two instead of labelling European champions Chelsea and their Club World Cup final opponents.
After winning Brentford, Guardiola said: “In so many ways, I’m impressed with [the players’] attitude. They still have the desire in every game to do their jobs.
“Normally they are being complimented, being praised – ‘you are the best team in the world’ – these stupid things.
“Despite your confusion, we still expect to see you. But, unfortunately, we are not the best team in the world.
“The best team in the world is Chelsea, and the best team is Palmeiras. But, unfortunately, we are not the best, and I don’t care.”
Chelsea won the right to compete in the Club World Cup tournament in Abu Dhabi by beating Guardiola’s City side in the 2021 Champions League final.
Palmeiras joined them in the final, having won the Copa Libertadores last year for the second consecutive time.
What lies ahead for Manchester City?
Manchester City is still in contention for the UEFA Champions League. Therefore they are hoping to win their first treble.
The Citizens appear to be on the verge of another Premier League victory.
And they have advanced to the Fifth Round of the FA Cup.
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