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Guardiola fires EPL title warning to Liverpool, says every match is a final in title race

Pep Guardiola fired a title warning to Liverpool, insisting his Manchester City side will keep up the pressure on the Premier League leaders.

City reduced the gap at the top to four points with a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves.

Gabriel Jesus scored twice to continue his recent excellent form, before Conor Coady’s second-half own goal.

And while Guardiola insists his side have no room for error in their battle with Jurgen Klopp’s men, he insists that if the Reds slip up, then City will be waiting.

Pep Guardiola believes every match in Manchester City’s title race with Liverpool is like a cup final.

City cut Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a 3-0 victory over ten-man Wolves on Monday night.

It was a surprisingly comfortable night for City, who started without Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, as Gabriel Jesus scored twice and Wolves captain Conor Coady flicked into his own net.

And Guardiola claims the title race has now reached a stage where City simply must win every single game.

“We have to win our games. Every game is a final, we know that,” he told talkSPORT.

“We cannot control. I told the players many times, we cannot control what Liverpool will do, we can only control what we can do. That’s in our hands. You have to get more than 90 points to be champions. So we have to win a lot of games.

“We cannot play the games against Liverpool so we cannot do anything about their games all we can do is win our games,” he said. “We can control what we can do. We have to be there and maybe one day they will fall. If they don’t win they will be champions. We have done incredible numbers so far but they are one team who have done better. We have to be there until the end. And the results will dictate who will win.

“When you have a league campaign, you can drop points. We weren’t in our excellent moments against Leicester and Crystal Palace but it is normal, and we came back in the games after by creating chances and conceding few.”

Guardiola’s side were undoubtedly helped by Willy Boly’s 19th minute red card, the defender sent off for a lunging challenge on Bernardo Silva.

But the Spaniard insists his side need to be more aggressive when facing 10 men and dictating the game.

“We have played a lot of time with ten against 11 and we should be more aggressive in our attacking play. They defend deep with 10 men so it is not easy even with one more player. We have to be more aggressive to put the ball in the box. Kevin [de Bruyne] came on and crossed the ball 10 times. That is the way we have to play [in that situation].

“If it is pass, pass, pass it is more difficult. But we have a lot of matches in our minds and our legs.”

Guardiola refused to be drawn on Boly’s red card, which left visiting fans furious, but Wanderers boss Nuno had no doubts that the officials got the decision right.

“It was very close to me and it was a red card,” he said.

“The red card changed the game. But you do not make a game plan with one less man. The red card makes the task much harder.”

Wolves skipper Conor Coady added: “We knew it is always going to be difficult coming here.

“We are disappointed with conceding the first goal like we did, but to go down to ten was so disappointing for us.”

“I thought the penalty was soft, and to come here with 11 was hard, but 10 makes it even harder.”

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