Pep Guardiola knows ‘pressure’ is on after ‘incredible’ win for Manchester City over Leeds United

Pep Guardiola admitted he is feeling some pressure as Manchester City chase down the Premier League title, following a 4-0 win over Leeds United.

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League a few hours after being leapfrogged by Liverpool. They did so by beating Leeds United comfortably; Rodri gave them the lead in the first half before further goals after the break from Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho.

it means Manchester City are one point ahead of Liverpool, with each having four games to go in the Premier League title race.

Man City made lighter work of their opponents than Liverpool had when they beat Newcastle earlier in the day, but Guardiola insisted they still suffered too despite a win by a bigger margin.

In fact, much of his praise was reserved for their defensive efforts regardless of the four-goal haul.

guardiola awning Sky Sports: “We knew coming here the way they play, we suffered a lot in the first half. But in the end we had control and could have scored more. An incredible result for us.

“They are so fast up front. Today was so important to make our chances to be champions again.

“We defended well and sometimes these type of game set pieces become so important. With Nathan Ake on the pitch, we are so strong.

“What a game [Aymeric] Laporte played; he is doing an incredible season.

“We have five games to go, potentially six until the end of the season.

“I prefer to feel less pressure than I am feeling. It is a long season and this is the last effort.”

City still have games against Newcastle, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa as they aim to retain their title. Like rivals Liverpool, they have the second leg of a Champions League semi-final to contest too, against Real Madrid.

Guardiola and Gundogan feeling the pressure

Someone else who is feeling the intensity is midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. He has once again been a key player for Guardiola this season and shared similar thoughts after the game.

Gundogan told Match of the Day: “Especially the second half was really good. We tried to keep the ball as much as possible.

“The intensity with which they started was quite high, which is why the first goal helped us. It was nothing that we didn’t expect. We are very happy about the result.

“It was my first time playing here. The crowd is incredible. It’s a historic, big club. We expected that from the crowd. Even after the final whistle the atmosphere was incredible.

“It’s always tough to play against this side, because they have always played with that intensity and sharpness. Scoring the first goal was obviously a big advantage.

“The pressure is always on from this point of the season. It doesn’t – or shouldn’t – really make a big difference if we play first or [Liverpool] play first, but it doesn’t look likely that either team is going to slip before the end of the season.

“Every game feels like a final right now and every game has its own difficulties. We need to be ready for the challenge.”

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