MANCHESTER (REUTERS) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he will drink a glass of wine to celebrate his 50th birthday on Monday (Jan 18) but it might be something more bubbly at the end of the season if his side sustain their current form.
City’s 4-0 hammering of Crystal Palace on Sunday was reminiscent of the way they often tore sides apart during their back-to-back Premier League title seasons.
While Kevin de Bruyne showed once more that there is not much he cannot do with a football at his feet, John Stones again showed that apart from being a vastly-improved defender, he can also chip in at the other end with an unlikely double.
Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling added extraordinary objectives of their own as City guaranteed a seventh success in nine association games, having drawn the other two.
They are two focuses behind pioneers Manchester United with a game close by, yet Guardiola was not going to fire talking up his improving side’s title qualifications.
“I would prefer not to send any messages. It is Aston Villa on Wednesday. It is each game in turn,” he said.
“Half a month back, we were focuses behind Liverpool and we dominate a couple of matches and that is the thing that we need to do. Presently I will drink a decent glass of wine and afterward consider Aston Villa.”