Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have a point to prove against Liverpool when both teams clash at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.
Guardiola’s men have already lost the title to Liverpool but Guardiola has told his players there is still something to play for.
“In sport you have to prove every time,” Guardiola said at a news conference on Wednesday.
“We are incredibly satisfied with what we are doing. But for athletes it is never enough. Past is the past. We mention in our soul, our memories, but the show must go on. Some people will say I don’t have to show anything. I am completely the opposite. Every time you have to do it again.”
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With seven games remaining, Liverpool are on course to collect a record points tally and win the title by a huge margin.
But despite the incredible numbers racked up at Anfield, Guardiola said the gap will not be insurmountable next season.
“I think we are not far away but you have to do a little bit more,” he added.
“They are a team that was better, who play at an outstanding level in every single game and we have to do more.
“Football helps you to understand an incredible education that another one was better and you have to try to reduce this gap.”