Pep Guardiola challenges Man City stars to prove hunger for Premier League title fight

Pep Guardiola has called on his Manchester City players to let him “smell” their hunger to retain the Premier League title. City claimed their first major trophy of the season with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final penalty shoot-out win over r Chelsea at We

mbley. Guardiola’s side are back in Premier League action on Wednesday, hosting West Ham , with the City boss demanding h

is players prove their desire to him. City trail leaders Liverpool

by a point with 11 games left and Guardiola wants to feel and smell in the home-dressing room before kickoff against the Hammers the desire to close out the closest title race for years. City retained the Carabao Cup - now the Premier League? (Image: NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) Read MoreRelated ArticlesHow Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are helping t

o inspire Burys trophy fight “I want to see the desire that we really, really want to win this title,” said Guardiola. “I want to see it. I don’t care about the way we want to play or the other things. I want the ‘smell’ in the l2020管家婆六肖六手机论坛 ocker room. “I want to ‘smell’ it in the beginning of the game, during the game, with our fans. Now, when one competition is over, I want to see if we really want to win this title. I

want to see it in their faces, my players. After the game, I’ll tell you if I saw

something special or not. “Still, Liverpool are leadin

g this tournament. So far, they were better than us, than Tottenham and the other ones. But there are still 11 games to play and they are leading by one point. It’s shorter than I expected a few weeks ago, but still they are leading. “We just have to focus on what we have to do, but of course we look at what they do and

when they don’t win, we’re happy. I gu

ess Liverpool a

re happy when we don’t win. Guardiola is looking for more from his men (Image: NEIL HALL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) “We have the difference of one point, there are 33 points to play for, so it’s in their hands. The only thing we can do is put on pressure, so they feel we are there and we’re going to win and win an

d win.” City remain on course for the Quadruple, having bagged the Carabao Cup, but Guardiola said he does not want to hear excuses from his players about fixture congestion taking its toll as the season enters the home straight. “I don’t want to see excuses about tiredness, fixtures, schedules or how many games,” said Guardiola. “That’s nothing. When you have the chance to fight until the end, to retain the title, the power and the energy to give you that, it’s higher than any excuses you can find. “In the last two months, the mentality makes the difference. People say about missing this player or that one. It doesn’t matter. We ha

ve a deep squad and we have a good enough players.” City will be wi

thout influential midfielder Fernandinho, as well as centre-backs Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, and striker Gabriel Jesus. Fernandinho is missing through injury (Image:

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stock) Read MoreRelated ArticlesMan City tunnel cam shows Pep Guardiola overruling Fernandinho closing out cameraman “John and Gabriel are still out, and now it’s Laporte and Fernandinho,” said Guardiola. “I don’t know how long. “The next weeks they’ll be out, but hopefully after the international break for the other two. “Fernandinho cannot play against Schalke, hes suspended, so were going to take a risk and see after the international break.” Asked what kind of reaction Pellegrini, who won the Premier League and two League Cups in three years at City, Guardiola said: “The reaction he deserves. I’m pretty sure it will be high. “He did an incredible job, the league he won and the way he played. It was a good team.

I have a lot of respect for the people who played and managed here and especially Manuel.” Read MoreMirror Footballs Top StoriesTransfer News LIVESolskjaer confirms Sanchez u-turnKlopp to avoid FA Cup backlashFA Cup fifth round draw in full

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