City wary of title collapse ahead of Spurs showdown — Big Match Focus

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It was fitting that Pep Guardiola chose the eve of the Grand National to claim that his Manchester City team could yet have their own Devon Loch moment and allow Manchester United to pip them to the title.

Guardiola seems to have caught the bug.

Despite a 13-point lead over second-placed Manchester United with six games left, the Spaniard insists his side are still vulnerable and need to "focus".

A loss would see City lose four successive matches for the first time in 12 years. "Hopefully [he will be back] for the last games, if we need him, and especially for the World Cup".

When asked when City's all-time leading goalscorer might be able to return, Guardiola suggested that Aguero is also a doubt for Swansea City's visit to the Etihad on April 22 and may only be ready for "the last games" of the campaign.

Here we take a look at some interesting match facts and stats ahead of what is an important fixture for both teams, for different reasons.

Liverpool saw off City in the CL quarters. But Champions League exit at the hands of Liverpool means the Abu Dhabi United Group have still yet to secure European football's top prize 10 years into their reign. Now their task is to register five points from the remaining six games.

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"The pundits in November, they said it was already done - it was impossible that City, if they hadn't lost in six months, it's impossible for them to drop points", he said. "We have to win two or win one and draw two games".

"He made a huge effort after the [Ashley] Young tackle; he played the last 20 minutes [against Liverpool] then said he couldn't run".

"My feeling is now that United will win a lot of points because they are in a good shape and have top players".

"Of course it can happen, I assure you", Guardiola said about City's prospects of throwing away the title.

They were trying to overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit and were level at 1-1 in the return game when the striker was introduced, but lost 2-1. We have to do it from tomorrow.

The rivals have already faced off on two occasions this season, and they were feisty affairs as crowd trouble marred the league game at the AMEX Stadium before Brighton sent Palace out of the FA Cup.