Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has praised Manchester City and their ability to win matches on a consistent basis.
Rudiger’s team were touted as title contenders before the start of the season but they now find themselves 16 points behind the Citizens, heading into the final third of the campaign, and the German says that Guardiola’s side are formidable opponents:
“The Premier League is the toughest competition (of all) to be honest because Manchester City set a very high standard. Manchester City set the standards so high that at the end of the day you just have to (keep) winning games. The only way you can get them is by winning, winning, winning… They’re a great side definitely. At the minute you can maybe beat Manchester City for one, two or three games, but we have to get to a point where we can go on a long marathon (like them).”
To be honest, many City supporters were expecting a far bigger challenge from Chelsea, but they were, pretty much, swatted aside in the two league games they played against each other this season.
The Blues are effectively out of the race for the title now, with Liverpool the only team who can realistically catch City at the top of the table.
It is, of course, important that complacency doesn’t settle in and you can bet your house that Guardiola will be looking to ensure his team keep their concentration as he looks to seal his fourth title in five years.