Victory over Wolves: What Pep Guardiola told his squad about Man United

Pep Guardiola brushed off Manchester City’s record-breaking exploits after the club’s 4-1 win over Wolves and urged his players to instead focus their attentions on this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash with fierce rivals Manchester United.

Wolves captain Conor Coady gave City a scare as he cancelled out Leander Dendoncker’s 15th-minute own goal with a headed equaliser just past the hour-mark at the Etihad on Tuesday night.

But the runaway Premier League leaders shifted up a gear and broke the visitors’ resistance to secure their 21st straight victory in all competitions, with Gabriel Jesus scoring a late brace and man-of-the-match Riyad Mahrez also finding the net at the death.

The result meant City also equalled their club record of 28 games unbeaten, a quite outstanding achievement which was relayed to Guardiola by BT Sport’s Des Kelly shortly after the final whistle. But asked for his reaction to City’s remarkable feat, Guardiola bluntly responded: ‘Man United.

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‘Manchester United is the only thing I care about.

‘We’re going to think about the records and everything we’ve done in the league when it’s over – so Man United.’

On whether City’s response was typical from a team destined to become champions, the Catalan replied: ‘The champions are Liverpool so the crown belongs to them.

‘We are in the best position right now to take them out and we are going to try but they are the champions.

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‘We want to win it and defend it next season. There is 33 points to play for.

‘Tomorrow our opponents will play, we have one or two days off and prepare for Manchester United at home.’

Guardiola, whose side went 15 points clear at the summit, insisted his team were fully deserving of the victory after a ‘fantastic’ all-round performance.

‘Well deserved, fantastic game,’ he added. ‘We suffered after we conceded the goal, the first shot on target they had, so it’s so difficult to play against them.

‘They concede so few and the speed they have up front and all opponents know it.

‘But we were fantastic, we played really well. Our control… after 1-1 we suffered for five minutes but we created a lot of chances at the end and it was well deserved.’

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The Spaniard’s one minor criticism was that his players could have shown more patience and ‘calm’ in their build-up play but felt they were otherwise ‘brilliant’.

‘Sometimes we want to do the situations too quick. You need more process,’ Guardiola continued.

‘As much passes and more calm, more and more chances we have and when against this team, you open the game and there’s nothing you can do.

‘It happened for 5-10 minutes but the rest was brilliant.’ Can Manchester City realistically be caught after their win over Wolves? Yes

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