Guardiola feels that the unflinching tenacity he instilled in Manchester City will be his enduring legacy as manager.
City moved 13 points clear of Thomas Tuchel’s team with a 1-0 victory against Chelsea Sunday, edging closer to a fourth Premier League title in five years.
Guardiola admitted it is ‘difficult’ to clinch the championship in January but praised his players’ mentality following their 12th straight league victory.
‘I don’t know what will happen this season – I don’t care – these guys give everything for this club every single game,’ Guardiola added.
‘We are self-sufficient enough to run without a ball.
That is without a doubt our club’s greatest accomplishment.
This is the finest title I now hold or will hold when I leave Manchester City.’
Kevin De Bruyne’s 70th-minute goal against Chelsea and increased Liverpool’s pressure, but Guardiola refused to look beyond next week’s trip to Southampton.
‘We’ve been together for six seasons and I know the most of them really well, including how they enjoy the good times and endure the bad,’ Guardiola continued.
‘So they’re going to listen to me when I say it’s not over.
It seems implausible that it is over in January.
‘What would be a difficulty today is [taking the lead].
If Liverpool wins the game in hand, they will have accumulated eight points.
My task now is to convince my guys not to trust anything they hear.
However, 12 victories – 36 points from 36 – is quite an accomplishment.’
City dominated Chelsea, and Guardiola lauded his team’s patience.
‘We produced enough chances; in 180 minutes against the European champions this season, we allowed (Romelu) Lukaku to score a goal.
‘Today, we earned it.
I enjoy football when it is played fairly.
I was delighted to defeat Arsenal, but we did not deserve it, and when we do, it feels much better.’