Pep Guardiola reveals those blocking VAR in PL next season

And manager Pep Guardiola says the Argentina forward could not train after that incident, but pushed himself in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue City's European campaign in the final 24 minutes of the second leg against Liverpool.

City boast a 13-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester United.

"But when they've been up against it, and there's only been a few times, twice against Liverpool and against Man United when Man United got on top, I didn't see anything (from them)".

Guardiola seems to playing mind games to help his players.

Meanwhile, Guardiola revealed that City had backed the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) despite it being rejected by the Premier League.

City and United was a heated affair. "I don't know about Swansea if he will be ready, so hopefully for the last games if we need him and then for the World Cup".

Here we take a look at some interesting match facts and stats ahead of what is an important fixture for both teams, for different reasons.

Elimination at the quarter-finals of the Champions League in particular soured a hitherto stunning season from City as their wait to conquer Europe continued despite amassing a squad worth an estimated 853 million euros (£747 million, $1 billion) in transfer fees alone.

'When I saw the pundits and the people in November, they say it's already done, it's impossible that City - if they don't lose in six months, three or four months - it's impossible for them to drop points. The players know that, I don't need to tell them.

"Now we have a mini-league for six games and we are going to try and close it". Now their task is to register five points from the remaining six games.

- Since the start of 2016/17, Southampton have failed to win any of their 22 Premier League matches against sides starting the day in the top six (D8 L14). We have to do it from tomorrow.

"In football it can happen, of course it can, I assure you", Guardiola said. Three back-to-back defeats; a stunning three-goal reverse from neighbour Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League was sandwiched between two losses at the hands of Liverpool dumped City out of the Champions League. So of course it can happen, no doubts about that.


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