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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Perfect 10: Guardiola sets his players a target of ten more victories to secure the title

 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left). Photo: PA
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (left). Photo: PA

Pep Guardiola has told his Manchester City players that 10 more wins will be enough to land the Premier League title.

Their top flight rivals Manchester United and Arsenal were last night putting the finishing touches on a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sanchez left United's training ground last night having undergone a medical and a deal, making him the best-paid player at Old Trafford, will be announced today.

Former United assistant boss Steve McClaren has already warned that the wage package demanded by Sanchez at United, reportedly £400,000 a week, will cause unrest in the dressing room.

"Wage parity is very important to players. In the long term for Manchester United, they will have to solve that problem" said McClaren, Alex Ferguson's assistant in the treble-winning year. If Sanchez is on the wages that is being bandied about then other players will know that when their contracts come up or they are in demand from other clubs."

City, who dropped out of the race to sign Sanchez due to his wage demands, put their Liverpool defeat behind them by outclassing Newcastle United 3-1.

After Sergio Aguero's hat-trick had helped to maintain City's 12-point lead at the top of the table, Guardiola noted that 10 wins from the final 14 games will be enough for his side, no matter what the chasing pack come up with.

"I said many times that is going to happen, in Anfield we can lose, what is important is the reaction we have to do," the Catalan said.

"Still we have 42 points to play. It is 14 games. It is a lot of games to play and difficult games, it is important to show the team is already there, it is still there. We have 14 (games) and to win 10 or 11 games, it will be tough."

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