Pep Guardiola claimed Premier League
leaders Chelsea have nothing to fear from
Manchester City despite his side’s 4-0
demolition of West Ham.
Guardiola’s team delivered a swaggering
display at the London Stadium on Wednesday
as goals from Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva,
Gabriel Jesus and Yaya Toure secured City’s
biggest league win since October.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was watching
from the stands and must have been
impressed by City.
But City boss Guardiola is adamant the 10-
point gap between his fifth-placed team and
Chelsea is too much to overcome.
Chelsea are also nine points clear of second-
placed Tottenham and Guardiola said the
Blues will have to choke badly to surrender
their grip on the title.
“He doesn’t have to be too worried about
what he saw. They are nine points in front.
Only Chelsea can lose the Premier League,”
“When you see how many games they lost in
the last 16 games, normally you can expect
they won’t lose many more.
“In sport you don’t know, but I don’t think
we can catch them.
“It’s a big mistake when you are 10 points
behind to think of Chelsea. We have to
qualify for the Champions League first.
“We have been inconsistent. After we win
we have drawn or lost one or two games.”
City’s dominant performance was achieved
without star striker Sergio Aguero and first
choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who were
both left on the bench by Guardiola.
The Spaniard insisted both players still
remain a big part of his plans, but he refused
to say whether they will return to the
starting line-up against Swansea on Sunday.
“Today I decided this team, I will sleep well. I
have 22, 23 guys and everyone deserves to
play,” he said.
“I make a lot of mistakes, but I have to make
“Sergio remains so important for us. He
knows and everybody knows we cannot
achieve our goals without him.
“I take a decision with my staff based on the
performances of the past. I like to involve as
many players as possible with this crazy
With Aguero on the sidelines, it was City’s
trio of dazzling young forwards who stole
Leroy Sane, 21, Raheem Sterling, 22, and
Gabriel Jesus, 19, were all too hot for West
Ham to handle and Guardiola expects great
things from them in the future.
“We have three strikers who are so quick
and can make runs behind the defence that
are so dangerous,” he said.
“These three guys are the future for the club.
In Europe you cannot see another team with
three strikers this young.”
“Gabriel learnt what it means to play in
England away. He is a fighter, he will always
attack and wants to score goals.
“Leroy had some problems at the beginning
but now he’s settled. They will be important
players for the next few years.”
For West Ham manager Slaven Bilic it was a
case of deja vu as his team were crushed by
City again, just weeks after losing 5-0 to them
in the FA Cup.
“It’s hard to find positive things from this
game. It was kind of a copy and paste from
the Cup game,” Bilic said.
“It’s very frustrating. We made such bad
mistakes for the first and third goal. If you
give the ball away in those areas, they’ll
“When it’s 3-0, it’s hard to play against them.
We have recovered from heavy defeats
before and we have to do it again.”