City boss Guardiola says anything could happen in Premier League title race

Pep Guardiola's side dominated the game with 76 percent ball possession but West Ham defended intelligently and nearly did enough to produce a surprise result.

"In the other box Manuel Lanzini had exactly the same and he didn't throw [himself] to the floor".

City deserved their victory having dominated from the outset.

Former City manager Manuel Pellegrini set his West Ham team up to frustrate the hosts and they did an excellent job for most of the game. Now, Pep Guardiola's side will have a quick turnaround as its focus returns to the Premier League. The Ukrainian said: 'That is what he said before the game, we had to show in the beginning of the game the desire to win the game, to win the Premier League. City worked relentlessly to create goal scoring chances but these came and went, with each passing minute and as the clock begun to tick down there was a weariness in both the the players and the crowd.

"Declan is a young player, he must learn a lot", Pellegrini said of the 20-year-old, who was crowned Young Player of the Year at this week's London Football Awards. "They have three competitions to play for and hopefully they can win all of them".

"When you have such a bad injury maybe you are not so comfortable in the first games, you are anxious, you don't trust too much in yourself to tackle or make good passes".

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They have been drawn against Swansea away in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, while they are leading 3-2 from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Schalke.

"Of course we didn't score as many goals as we needed but the performance in terms of how we won second balls. we did everything".

He believes that the experience of winning England's top flight will stand them in good stead coming into the business end of the season. "I am so delighted with the way we played tonight".

"We could have scored a second one, a third one".

Back-to-back 2-0 victories over Huddersfield and Burnley have seen the Magpies ease away from trouble, six points clear of the relegation zone.

"We have had less than 72 hours to prepare (for this game against Newcastle), we made some changes against City to have some players fresh for tomorrow".

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