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Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester City are not champions in waiting'

Guardiola dismisses 'champions-elect' tag
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Pep Guardiola refuses to describe his Manchester City side as Premier League champions in waiting.

Pep Guardiola has dismissed the label describing Manchester City as champions in waiting.

The Citizens have won all but two of their Premier League games this season and remain unbeaten at the top of the table, 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United.

However, Guardiola is eager to stamp out any complacency that may set in at the club, with 16 league games - and 48 potential points - still left this term.

"In football and in sport, anything can happen," the Spaniard told Sky Sports News.

"Of course we can lose the title because you never know what is going to happen in the next 13 or 14 games you have to play. Of course, if we maintain our level, the consistency and the way we play, then OK, we have a chance. But you never know.

"If we start to go down, and lose confidence, and don't play well regularly, then we will see. Maybe that is going to happen, and I am going to shake the hand of my opponents and congratulate them for being champions. But it is simple - just focus on the next game. That is the best advice I can give to my players."

Up next for Man City is Sunday's Premier League trip to Liverpool.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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