Pep Guardiola predicts how many points Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool need to win title

Pep Guardiola predicts how many points Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool need to win title

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has suggested that clubs could need as many as 96 points to claim the Premier League title this season.

The reigning champions currently sit top of the table at the current time and look to be favourites to claim the crown once more with a haul of 60 points after 24 matches.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool sit nine points behind following their mid-week victory against Leicester City – albeit with a game in-hand – whilst Chelsea are a further four points respectively behind the Reds and will not be able to cut the gap this weekend due to their FIFA Club World Cup commitments.

The hopes of both chasing sides are fleeting more and more by the week but Guardiola insists that the race for the title is not yet over, and is forecasting only one of the highest points hauls in Premier League history will be enough to secure the title.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester City’s weekend clash with Norwich City, he said: “We want to fight to win the Premier League.

“We will have to win an incredible amount of points. The margin against Liverpool is nothing, it’s nothing.

“We have to win a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot of games. A lot. Many, many points more than 90.

“Arrive 90, 90, 90, 95, 96 and to be champions. I’m pretty sure of that right now, for sure, definitely.”

From the perspective of Chelsea, they can no longer afford any more slips should they retain hopes of securing their first league title in five years.

Tuchel’s men have won just three out of their last ten Premier League games, a huge reason behind their swift fall behind the runaway leaders.

They did manage to get back on track before the winter break though with a 2-0 success against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, and could potentially earn back-to-back league wins for the first time since October as they prepare to face Crystal Palace next weekend.

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