Pep Guardiola’s savage message to Southampton for their game against Liverpool
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola quipped that Southampton should 'beat Liverpool 4-0' when asked if he had a message for the Reds’ opponents.
Following the Citizen’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, the title race is still undecided and will likely go down to the wire. Liverpool face off against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday night and Guardiola joked that he hoped Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will show up and ruin the party,
When asked if he had a message he would like to deliver to the Saints, Guardiola replied: "I would say, beat Liverpool four-zero! The big, big privilege we have is that, at home, it's in our hands. We don't have to look at anything else other than ourselves. We just have to give everything.
"I said [to the players], 'Don't be sad today because we gave a really good performance. It's fair, against this opponent, to arrive at the last day to decide who gets the title because both teams are so good'. Against this Liverpool, you cannot win the league four games ago. You have to fight until the end.
"Next week our stadium will be sold out, we will give them our lives and they will give theirs, all together. To do it is an incredible privilege, after many years. To have our chance with our people, to win one game to be champions. I'm looking forward to it."
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City did well to claw themselves back from a two-goal deficit at the London Stadium but they failed to seal three points after Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty was saved by Lukasz Fabianski.
Although the Premier League title is in Man City’s hands, if Jurgen Klopp’s men beat the Saints, it will go down to the final day of the season.
Guardiola’s side will host Aston Villa and Liverpool are at home to Wolves.
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