The Premier League champions head into the clash against Sean Dyche’s Burnley side at Turf Moor two points behind Liverpool, after Jurgen Klopp’s men secured a 2-0 win over Watford at kick-off midday.
For the first time in 120 days, Manchester City are not top of the Premier League table, and Pep Guardiola – pre-match talk to Sky Sports – admitted that while the focus is on Burnley, an eye has been kept on events at Anfield.
Guardiola also reiterated that if he wanted to control events at Liverpool, the situation was obviously out of his hands and all he could do was watch from afar on the Manchester City team bus.
Pep Guardiola said journalists“We know they [Liverpool] win [against Watford]because we were just on the bus.”
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The Manchester City manager continued: “I would love to be involved there, but I can’t, so I have to be here at Burnley. We’ll do our job as best we can, and the rest, we’ll see what happens..”
Manchester City are heading for a tough list of fixtures in April, which – following the trip to Burnley this weekend – includes double headers against Liverpool and Atletico Madrid respectively in three different competitions.
City host the La Liga side in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night, before hosting Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon – a game which could have major ramifications for trophy direction high flight.
After that, City travel to the Spanish capital for the second leg of their European quarter-final against Diego Simeone’s side, before traveling to Wembley to face Liverpool again, but this time in the FA semi-finals. Cup.