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Arnold Nichols
May 6, 2019

Manchester City chief Guardiola is chasing back-to-back Premier League crowns, with their battle with Liverpool going down to the wire.

Even if City were to falter and miss out on the title, Guardiola counts the 192 points his team have so far taken since the start of last season as his proudest achievement, saying the Premier League is the "toughest" competition he has managed in.

Below them, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United remain in the hunt to secure the remaining two top-four places despite stuttering form.

"I look at Pep Guardiola's team and it's not the same if he's not in it".

Guardiola recently described Liverpool as the "most difficult" opponents he had faced in his managerial career and the Spaniard gave similar praise to the Premier League as he reflected on his three seasons at the Etihad.

And at the bottom of the table, Cardiff's Premier League future is hanging by a thread as they prepare to host Crystal Palace.

'You know you have to defend very well, be strong and aggressive and compact, but from the base we have the speed and incision to make the last pass.' Jamie Vardy has been doing that.

"And especially where we have come from, getting 100 points and still being there".

Whoever finishes second this season will have the most points of any runner-up in the Premier League era. Especially if you score two or three, the job will be easier. "One is Barcelona with Luis Enrique, with Neymar, Messi and Suarez up front - the other is this Liverpool".

He said: "I think Brendan has shown his quality as a manager. That's why being there, with the title in our hands, fighting against them until the end [is so impressive]".

"Other people say that but they aren't committed to it, mentally or physically".

Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City side against a potential slip up in the title race against a Leicester side with "incredible quality" on Monday.

One point separates the title contenders heading into their final two games, with City in the lead and on course to retain the trophy for the first time. "Then, in the next two matches, winning at Old Trafford [against Manchester United] and Burnley, where everyone thought we'd drop points".

City can reclaim top spot if they beat Leicester City on Monday evening, meaning the title will be decided on the final day of the season.

City will again be without Kevin De Bruyne, who has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.

"Last season was incredible", he said. He's an incredible striker with his movement, finishing, fighting.

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