Guardiola: we have to think of how to beat Villa

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Pep Guardiola have told his players to enjoy the moment when the host Villa but insists they need to thin of a way to defeat Stevn Gerrard’s men.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stated that they have to think about how to be Aston Villa and not about the pressure.

The Etihad side will welcome Steven Gerrard in the final Premier League game as they hope to lift the League ahead of Liverpool.

Guardiola side are a point ahead of Liverpool who will play Wolves in their final match at Anfield as well.

Speaking at the press conference ahead of their final game Guardiola has told his players to enjoy the moment.

“We cannot control it, it’s just a football game” he said.

“Don’t think about the consequences of if we win or not. Think about what we have to do to beat Aston Villa.

“Are they going to play with Ings and Watkins or just with Watkins? Play with a holding midfielder or not? Digne on the outside or inside? This is what we have to handle.

“We have to be anxious? No, go there to try to enjoy the moment. If we are struggling, let’s go again and try to enjoy it.

“From my experience, that’s the best way to approach this situation.”

Jack Grealish will face his former club for just the second time since his move to City last summer and could end the day with his first Premier League winners medal.

While Pep expects the England international to be excited about the prospect of silverware, he insisted that it isn’t the only indicator of success in a player’s career.

“He helped Villa to be promoted and after remain in the Premier League but he has never won a Premier League, he must be so excited.

“My advice to him is to try to be happy as possible playing football. That is most important.

“This season we are the champions and someone has to take us on, this is new for him. If we win, we will defend the title in every single game next season.”

 

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