BURNLEY, England — Pep Guardiola says it is “crazy and stupid” for Manchester City to think about the title despite a 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday night.
City moved to within eight points of leaders Liverpool thanks to a Gabriel Jesus double and further goals from Rodri and Riyad Mahrez at Turf Moor but Guardiola is playing down their chances of overhauling Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“For the distance we have with Liverpool it would be crazy to think about the title,” said Guardiola.
“Like everyone say we are out, we have no chance.
“We are thinking about ourselves and the next game. To think how many ways to win to be close is a stupid way to think.”
City prepared for the game by singing Oasis’ Wonderwall in the away dressing room after the lights went out before kick-off.
And Guardiola joked he would turn them off at the Etihad Stadium ahead of the meeting with Manchester United in a bid to produce a similar performance.
Jesus warmed up for the derby with his first goals since October and Guardiola admitted it was important for the Brazilian’s confidence with Sergio Aguero still sidelined with a thigh problem.
“We need him to score these goals,” said Guardiola. “They will help him and the team. We’ve lost an incredible striker in Sergio.
“It was a good result. We are so satisfied with the way we played and the way we’ve played the last games. Now we train a bit and prepare for the derby.
“We need our fans for next Saturday, we have four days. Now we watch the game against Tottenham and see the way we can do it. To play these games is the reason why we are here.”