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Pep Guardiola has sarcastically stated that his Manchester City side will ‘go to the Maldives’ amid suggestions that their Premier League title race with Liverpool and Chelsea is done and dusted, as he told Premier League Productions.

Manchester City are 11 points clear at the top of the table ahead of Chelsea’s crucial showdown with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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Both teams are well aware that dropped points from either team today will benefit the current holders, who won their 11th Premier League game on the bounce on Saturday.

In a controversial game in north London, the runaway leaders scored a stoppage-time winner to see off a resilient and much-improved Arsenal side that they put five past at the Etihad earlier on in the season.

And now, on the west side of London, Chelsea and Liverpool have a chance to keep on the tails of the Abu Dhabi-owned club.

But given the lead Manchester City have opened up, it has been suggested to Pep that the title race is done or it’s a one-horse race now, but he was having none of it. 

“Give it to me,” said Guardiola. “Give it to us and we go to the Maldives for the holiday. 

“But I think, it’s not going to happen. Still, I don’t know how many points 48 or 51 to play. 

“So, now we have five or six days to prepare for the FA Cup. Then five or six days to prepare for Chelsea, with the problems that we have with the COVID and the injured players.” 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Thomas Tuchel the manager of Chelsea gives instructions to his players as Jurgen Klopp the manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on March 04, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Whilst Liverpool are further behind Manchester City then Chelsea, it’s still probably the Merseyside club who have a chance to dethrone the champions.

The Reds have two games in hand on Man City – and by picking up maximum points during those games – they can be six points behind.

Added with that, after the FA Cup fixtures next week, Guardiola will welcome Thomas Tuchel’s men to the Etihad, which would then provide Liverpool with another chance to close the gap.

But, in truth, with such a lead and Man City’s previous record, Guardiola would have to transform into Kevin Keegan for his players to blow this title now. 

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