Manchester City title defence 'almost impossible' without beating Liverpool - Guardiola

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They led by a couple of points and good grip on retaining their title for the second consecutive season.

Pep Guardiola says it will be "almost impossible" for Manchester City to defend their Premier League title if they don't beat Liverpool on Thursday.

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City may have to do without Kevin De Bruyne against Liverpool after missing their trip to St. Mary's to face S'ton.

City follow up today's visit to Southampton with a home match against leaders Liverpool on Thursday, before struggling Championship side Rotherham United visit in the FA Cup three days after that.

The Reds' road to glory is far from assured-the latest edition of The Spin explains why Jurgen Klopp's side may kept waiting for that elusive Premier League title. He has scored seven goals in 10 games since the start of November, and West Ham will be playing at home against Brighton. They're probably more experienced than us in this position... They were very hard to beat, ' said the left-back.

Robertson does not believe that victory can be compared to the challenge awaiting Liverpool on Thursday given the two-legged, knock-out nature of the previous meeting. You know exactly what they are doing.

'It's a massive game, of course it is, but Tottenham will be looking forward to capitalise as well because we both play each other so both of us can't pick up full points.

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Mauricio Pochettino's side saw their five-game winning run come to an end at Wembley despite England global Harry Kane breaking the deadlock in the Premier League clash. "Liverpool is not going to give us this amount of chances".

The last time they met, back on October 7, it finished 0-0 - and that scoreline doesn't do justice to just how poor a game it was. In any game you can play like that, but obviously every game is different and we need to wait and see how the game is going to be.

"The problem is the other team is fantastic", Guardiola told BBC Sport.

"The red card was the worst moment of the evening; it hurts us a lot, it's a silly tackle when the game is gone". It was a scintillating match, and one that we'll remember as the best of the year.

"If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone", he told United Kingdom newspapers.

"If they let this one go, wow, Liverpool man".

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