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When Manchester City could lift the Premier League title

Yaya Toure Manchester City

Guardiola wants to defend title

Pep Guardiola seemed to direct a small dig at Liverpool’s disappointing title defence this season, when asked after their 4-1 win over Wolves if his side are now all but champions.

“We are in the best position right now to take them out and we are going to try but they are the champions. We want to win it and next season defend it all season,” said the City coach.

“Right now there is 33 points to play [for]. We are 15 points ahead today. Tomorrow our opponents will play, now we have one or two days off, rest everyone especially mentally, because we don’t have much time and prepare for United at home.”

When Manchester City could lift the Premier League title

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 22: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during a drinks break during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venus resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Guardiola suggesting that he wants to defend the title ‘all season’ could point towards the fact that Liverpool have been utterly unable to do so this term. Serious injury befell many of the Reds’ first-team squad, however.

City have lost the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero throughout the season, but Guardiola’s squad boasts so much depth that covering these players was easily done. In addition, the afflictions, when compared to those at Liverpool, were not particularly long-term.

When can City win it?

After Manchester United’s draw against Crystal Palace yesterday evening, the question is now being asked as a matter of when and not if City win the title.

People have begun crunching the numbers, and it appears that just 6 more wins may be required for the Sky Blues to secure glory.

City’s chances of clinching the title before even May 8th would of course increase if the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City continue to drop points. The Foxes and Red Devils have both picked up just 7 of their last 15 available points.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his side do not suffer a similar slump in form to the one they did last season, which eventually cost the club Champions League qualification. United, meanwhile, have all of the Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League still on the table, and could be stretched thin across each competition.

City too have their hand in 4 tournaments, with the prospect of a historic quadruple still on the cards.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 32 44 74
2 Manchester United FC 31 27 63
3 Leicester City FC 31 18 56
4 West Ham United FC 32 11 55
5 Chelsea FC 31 19 54
6 Liverpool FC 31 16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 32 17 50
8 Everton FC 31 3 49
9 Arsenal FC 31 8 45
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa FC 30 10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 31 -10 38
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Southampton FC 31 -17 36
15 Newcastle United FC 32 -18 35
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 31 -5 33
17 Burnley FC 31 -17 33
18 Fulham FC 32 -18 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United FC 31 -38 14
Premier League 20/21
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Lingard, Jesse West Ham United FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 9