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Pep Guardiola proud of his team for battling back to the top

The Defending champions have re-taking the top position on the premier league ladder. The manager of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola said the team’s return to the top of the Premier League was a reward for their refusal to concede the title to Liverpool but warned his team face “a final” against Chelsea on Sunday.

Manchester City’s returned to the peak for the first time since mid-December with a 2-0 victory at Everton courtesy of goals from Aymeric Laporte and the substitute Gabriel Jesus. They lead Liverpool on goal difference and have played one game more. But having faced the possibility of losing touch when they met on January 3rd, Guardiola insisted the recovery demonstrated the indefatigable spirit of his champions.

“It’s much better,” said the City manager of the league table. “It’s the best we can do. The reality is we could have been 10 points behind one month ago when we played Liverpool. A few days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league. “The lesson is never to give up. That is a lesson for all athletes. Try to win the games, because life can change immediately. Now we must prepare and recover well for Chelsea.

Guardiola lamented the lack of recovery time between this game and hosting Chelsea but believes this could prove a significant week in the title race should City claim a third successive win. He said: “We have started well. Arsenal, which we knew would be tough, and now comes a big test; a big goal, Chelsea is an exceptional team, who have had seven days to prepare. We have to prepare well. It is a final for us. If we can take these points, it is a huge step forward.”

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