Pep Guardiola said Manchester City’s 20 wins in all competitions are the best they have ever achieved in the current circumstances.
Ruben Dias and John Stones goals gave City another Premier League win, their 14th in a row, leaving them 13 points clear at the top of the table after playing more than Leicester and Manchester United.
Guardiola’s side, written off for the title in early December, has since been devastating.
City have remained unbeaten in the last 27 games of all competitions (W24 D3), the second longest run without defeat in its history, and have conceded only eight goals in that time. They have now also extended the longest winning run of all time in all competitions to 20.
And Guardiola, noting the difficulty of the year without fans and the situation with Covid-19, says it could be up there with her greatest achievements of all time.
“At this time, at this time, in this situation, to be able to make 20, it sure is one of the greatest accomplishments we have made in our careers.
“That doesn’t mean a title win of course, but this period, the toughest time in England, the winter time, [to have] No one week break for three or four months, a game every three days, with the Covid situation, injury situations. To be on this type of run – win, win, win – means mental strength.
“Today we didn’t paint anything beautiful, but there are a lot of games like this in one season. We didn’t create a lot, but we didn’t concede, but that’s good, stable.
“When we talk about what we’ve done so far, it’s unusual. It’s an exception. Usually you drop points, draw, lose, that’s normal in football.
“It is true that three seasons ago we had 100 points, we were unstoppable, last season was Liverpool and this season we have not started well but we are on a good run now and we are here.”
City are now 22 points above Liverpool after being 22 points down at that point last season. When asked about the blow, Guardiola said: “I know Liverpool have fewer points than last season, I don’t know how many. But this is a good example of what you did against West Ham today , nothing in three counts. ” Days against wolves.
“It’s a good lesson for all of us. Nothing counts for what you’ve done in the past. What we’ve done is no guarantee that it will help us beat wolves.”
City made seven changes from the side, which Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated midweekly, and Guardiola insists that every player has someone next to them to take their place.
“I think everyone is so committed, so focused, every player knows how to play well because there is a player next to them who can take their position.
“I’m surprised, in the toughest year for society in the world, the most difficult year for many, many years around the world and in England for the weather, for the pitches, everything to be able to do what we do.” I’ve done it, it’s amazing, amazing. “
Another symbol of Pep
- With the victory of the city, Pep Guardiola won his 500th victory as responsible for a top-class team in all competitions (Barcelona 179 wins, Bayern Munich 121, Manchester City 200).
- In his 273rd game, which was responsible for Man City, Guardiola took his 200th win – the fewest games a manager of an English top team needed to get 200 wins in all competitions.
Man City will now receive Wolves in the Premier League on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m., before Manchester United will play live in the Sky Sports Premier League on Super Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
West Ham’s next game is on Monday night against Leeds on March 8th. Live on Sky Sports at 8 p.m.