June 20, 2021

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Pep not carried away with City’s form

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Pep Guardiola called for calm after in-form Manchester City went top of the Premier League by routing West Brom 5-0.

Ilkay Gundogan’s first-half brace and goals from Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling eased City to victory at The Hawthorns.

They are a point ahead of Manchester United, although their rivals can reclaim top spot with victory over Sheffield United on Wednesday.

City are the ninth team to top the table this season but, after an 11th straight in win all competitions, Guardiola is keeping his cool.

He said: “The last thing I’m thinking of is the table. Now I want to come back home safely, have a few days off and Sheffield United is all I’m concerned about.

“We still have 19 games to go in this incredible marathon. We are going to drop points and lose games but the important thing is to be calm, like we were when we were 12th in the table and understand why we didn’t win that game and immediately win the next one.

“This is all I’m concerned about now. It’s the Premier League, welcome, it’s so tough for everyone. You know it’s competitive but we have had a good run.

“Congratulations to the team, we could not leave our box for the first two or three minutes but the rest of the game was good.”

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