Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted he is not feeling the pressure ahead of Sunday’s fixture with Premier League title rivals Liverpool.
The two heavyweights will lock horns at the Etihad in what has been billed as the ‘title decider’, with Liverpool just one point behind league leaders City as the season reaches its finale.
Jurgen Klopp‘s men have won ten league games in a row and will feel confident going into the game, but a loss would be devastating with just seven games left to play.
Guardiola has sought to calm his side’s nerves ahead of the showdown by insisting that winning the title is not the be-all and end-all for City, who can simply “try again next year”.
“What can happen?” he asked in an interview with Sky Sports. “Lose a game? And lose the Premier League title? Then we’ll just try again next year.
“People say it, and it’s true – in life, there are more important things. I will be sad if we lose a game not being ourselves. But if we are who we are and the opponent can win – it’s ok. We are fortunate to live in this moment. Maybe I should feel the pressure now, but I don’t.”
He continued: “When I was in my early years in Barcelona, I was more anxious about everything, more sensitive for everything. Now I handle situations a little bit more calmer.
“I’ve learnt a lot at City. I’m a completely different manager and I feel I’m a better manager than when I started out because of the experiences.
“In Germany and Spain and now here, it’s been completely different challenges. I would say that that’s nice otherwise it would be so boring doing the same thing.
“You can’t have the same ideas of 12 or 13 years ago, you become lazy, and you are not scared. You don’t have the intuition or the desire to think ‘oh, maybe we do it like that’ even though maybe it will be a mistake.
“Always you have to make some evolution during the process. Evolution you do it to try to have success, yes – but especially, so you don’t get bored all the time doing the same at the end.
“Life is about experiences and learning to improve different things.”
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