Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s title rivals can help them to title


City’s battle to be No 1 like “Nadal, Federer and Djokovic”, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City need the pressure from their title rivals in order to help their own bid to be champions.

Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday kept them to within just two points of leaders City, despite Guardiola’s side making it 13 games unbeaten with an emphatic four-goal victory against West Ham.

The trip to the London Stadium was a reminder of the charge Real Madrid gave when Manuel Pellegrini led them to a total of 96 points in La Liga in 2009-10, only for Guardiola’s Barcelona to beat them to the crown with 99.