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Pep Guardiola has claimed that the whole of England, and the English media, want Liverpool to win the Premier League and not Manchester City.
City and Liverpool are locked in a battle to be named the champions of England, with just three games left of the campaign and the teams separated by three points.
The race was closer ahead of the weekend, with the defending champions leading the Reds by just one point going into the latest round of games.
However, Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw at Anfield gave Guardiola's side an advantage and they took full use of it by defeating Newcastle United 5-0 on Sunday.
The results took them a whole win above their rivals and, just as importantly, the goal difference swung in their direction, but Guardiola was still in fiesty mode after the match.
Speaking after full time, the City boss claimed that all of the country, and especially the media, supported their rivals, whilst also aiming a dig at them for only winning the league once in 30 years.
"Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone," the former Barcelona boss told beIN Sports.
🗣️ "Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone... Our destiny is in our hands, this is important."— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) May 8, 2022
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"Of course because Liverpool has an incredible history behind in European competition - not in Premier Leagues, because they’ve won one in 30 years - but it’s not a problem at all.
"The situation is what it is.
"We need to do nine points or maybe six right now, it depends what happens in the next two games in terms of goal difference, but now Wednesday is the real, real final for us.
"We are going to try to win there. Our destiny is in our hands and this is important. We have to look at ourselves. With one point or three points, nothing’s changed. We have to do it."
The win against Eddie Howe's side was impressive, especially coming off their defeat in the Champions League against Real Madrid, and was the perfect response to those who questioned their mentality.
After the match the 51-year-old revealed that Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker were all out injured for the rest of the season.
The manager wasn't worried though, joking, "I'm not worried at all... because if Phil Foden has to play as a central defender, he will play central defender," asked if he was serious, the manager responded, "No."
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