Manchester City doesn’t have momentum within the Premier League title race, regardless of beating rival Arsenal earlier this week and leapfrogging the facet into prime spot, supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned on Friday.
City produced a commanding second-half show on the Emirates this week to document an eleventh successive league win over Arsenal and transfer into first place on aim distinction.
“They (Arsenal) have one game in hand so nothing has changed much. We are just thinking about Nottingham Forest,” Guardiola instructed reporters forward of Saturday’s league journey to Nottingham Forest.
“Momentum is winning 10 games in a row and that didn’t happen to us this season.”
Guardiola added that City’s present place within the standings is in step with his expectations forward of the season, saying, “I would not have expected to be a lot of points in front after winning titles back to back, it’s almost impossible.”
The Spanish supervisor urged his facet to be cautious towards 14th-placed Forest, which is unbeaten in its final seven league video games on the City Ground.
“We need to be ready mentally against a team (Forest) that have lost just one game in six,” Guardiola mentioned.
“They are playing at home with the crowd and I have a lot of respect for the manager — for what he has done this season.”
Guardiola praised Jack Grealish and Kevin de Bruyne, each of whom scored towards Arsenal, for his or her improved shows in latest matches, however mentioned that the duo can additional elevate their sport.
“They can do better — that would be the best word. I know the demand we will have ahead of us to the end of the season against tough and aggressive opponents. We need the players who have the feeling that we can do better,” Guardiola mentioned.
“Obviously (Grealish) is playing really good. It is not just about his quality, but his ambition and aggression to beat people and attack the back line.
“The quality has always been there, but now he shows a commitment to taking a risk, but he has to continue.”
Guardiola mentioned defender John Stones is progressing in his restoration from a hamstring damage, however added that the England worldwide wouldn’t be obtainable to face Forest.