Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola has come out to stress the importance of a win in their last game of the season away to Watford. A win for City would secure them the third place spot as well as automatic qualification to the UEFA Champions League nest season.
He has described the game as a final as he cited the pressure being heaped on his players to perform and ensure they garner all 3 point from the game against a Watford side bidding farewell to their Manager, Walter Mazzari, and might be looking to assume the role of spoilers to City’s UCL ambitions.
“It’s a crucial game for us, absolutely a final,” he said.
“It’s in our hands. Just look at we have to do, win the game against a team who at home over the season made a good result.
“So tomorrow we travel to London to do that.
“Every game is pressure, every game we play with everything.
“It’s in our hands. It depends not on Arsenal or Liverpool. We have to go there and win the game.”
City started the season impressively by winning their opening 10 games in all competitions but faltered and lost steam over the course of the season, allowing the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to go above them on the table with significant points gap. Chelsea have already emerged as Premier League Champions and go into the last game 15 points above City while Tottenham lead them with 8 points
However, Guardiola admitted that he had enjoyed his first season in England whilst accepting the fact that his side still had a lot to do to step up to the sides above them.
“After you can win or lose and in the Premier League we didn’t fight until the end for the results because two teams are better than us and we drop a lot of points at home and we have to improve on that next season.
“We are going to finish the season with 15 or 17 points behind the first and second in the league, the gap is big, so we have to work harder next season to reduce that gap.
“I was so happy working in this Club, that’s the important thing.”