Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has expressed his satisfaction at Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at Everton, but knows his team face a potentially exhausting run for the remainder of the season.
The Citizens claimed victory at Goodison Park thanks to a goals in injury time at the end of the first and second halves from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus respectively.
The result took Guardiola’s side level on 62 points with Liverpool, but City top the log thanks to their superior goal difference.
Speaking to the BBC, Guardiola said: “I am so satisfied, we have a game every three days for three months.
“Gabriel Jesus has scored nine goals in a short time and Sergio got three at the weekend, it is important to have two good strikers.
“I don’t know how far we will get, maybe we will die in the road, but we are trying.
“We have played one more game than Liverpool, it’s good to be top but Liverpool has a game at Old Trafford.”
City are in control of the title race and Guardiola admits that his team’s situation could have been far different.
“I don’t think too much about it but four or five days ago we could have been seven points behind, it is a lesson to never give up,” he explained.
“We have an incredible test on Sunday against Chelsea.”
Why Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi did not start against Real Madrid
FC Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde has explained why he used Lionel Messi off the bench during El Clasico on Wednesday night.
The Argentine superstar was introduced just after the hour mark in the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semifinal, first-leg clash at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
Messi was battling with a thigh injury in the lead-up to the titanic encounter between two of the biggest football clubs in the world.
Valverde stated that he opted not to risk the Barcelona academy product, who had the ability to single-handedly inspire the team to victory against Real.
"The decisions you make are based on what you think is better for the team and the player," Valverde said.
"He had discomfort. Today he was better but we thought it was best he enter in the second half. He could be decisive because we know the danger he creates every time he gets the ball."
The second-leg encounter will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, 27 February 2019.
I will fight Joshua next after beating Fury – Deontay Wilder
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has vowed he is coming for Anthony Joshua's belts after defeating Tyson Fury.
The 33-year-old is expected to face British fighter Fury in a rematch after their controversial draw in December 2018. Talks are reportedly ongoing.
“I want to bring it back to the golden days of boxing. It has not been back since 2004 with Lennox Lewis. Everyone knows that as the heavyweight division goes, so goes boxing," Wilder said on The Sun.
The American is keen to defend his WBC crown against Fury then face current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Joshua in a unification bout.
“I am willing to fight him (Joshua). This is not us - they know what we want. If we can’t come to agreement there will be no fight. I’m moving on with my career. I can’t wait around," he added.
“The world knows I tried (to get the fight with Joshua). They are trying to milk the people in the United Kingdom. But after the next fight, I’m willing and I am ready.
"I’m always ready. There will be one champion, and there will be one face. He goes by the name of Deontay Wilder.”