Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has labelled the league match versus Chelsea as a potential final for the Citizens.

“It’s a question for [Liverpool]. We are leaders. Twelve games to play, a lot of points,” said Guardiola when asked what his side going top of the table meant. Now comes a big test, a big goal. Chelsea are an exceptional team who have had seven days to prepare.”

“We have to prepare well. It really is a final for us this weekend. If we are able to take these points, it is a huge step forward. The reality is we could have been, one month ago, 10 points behind when we played Liverpool,” he added.

“A few days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league. The lesson is never give up. That is the best advice. That is a lesson for all athletes. Try to win the games, because life can change immediately.”

Always the application is there,” he added.  “The performance is not as good as we expect. Goodison Park is always difficult for Manchester City in the last decade. We made a good first half. We didn’t concede one shot on target here at Goodison Park, which is not normal.”

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