Guardiola: Pressure will get best out of City

Meanwhile, caretaker manager Scott Parker is the first Fulham boss to lose his first four Premier League games in charge and the Cottagers - who are 16 points from safety with six matches left - will be relegated if they at Watford on Tuesday (19:45 BST kick-off). After the goals we controlled it. An incredible result for us.

Kewvin McDonald came on for Babel for Fulham, with Riyad Mahrez replacing Sterling for City, the home side creating one last half-chance to set up a dramatic finish when Schurrle's low ball into the area took a couple of unsafe deflections before being held by Ederson.

Guardiola's men strolled home in the spring sunshine, but the Spaniard knows full well tougher challenges await in the final push towards another title.

"We are trying to achieve something that is very hard to achieve", said Guardiola after another three points had been safely banked with a 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage.

Returning from an worldwide break for the fourth time this season with a league victory (and a clean sheet), City's players demonstrated they are following their manager's instruction: they do not look a bunch likely to be distracted by the enormity of the task.

"You need to be lucky, you need to have certain things which you are not able to control and, most importantly, you need to have the desire to go in every single game".

City's progress means they could play nine games in April but Guardiola does not want to overthink the situation.

Now though, Robbie Savage has come out to back the Reds and he has urged the fans not to tag Jurgen Klopp's men "bottlers" even if they fail to win the Premier League trophy come May.

"We have to win every game", Guardiola said. But AGUERO did it in 46 fewer games. "For precaution he decided not to continue, hopefully it's nothing serious". Sometimes you win easily with the top six, and sometimes you get a hard game, but it's the same with the teams at the bottom of the table.

"We have a tough, tough opponent". That group is still lauded for going a whole league season unbeaten, but we felt we had underachieved. The players surprised me again. After the visit of Cardiff, the League Cup winners head to Wembley on Saturday for an FA Cup semi-final showdown with top-flight strugglers Brighton and then next Tuesday they square up to Spurs in the first leg of their eagerly-awaited Champions League quarter-final.

"Of course we are more focused on ourselves", Mane told Sky Sports.

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