Pep Guardiola has denied that his ‘normal’ club Manchester City are currently the best team in the world, despite the Citizens opening up a number of points at the top of the Premier League.
City outscored 12 points from second-placed Liverpool with a comfortable 2-0 win over Brentford on Tuesday night, with goals from Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne.
Although Liverpool have two games in hand under them, Guardiola’s men are on track to secure a fourth Premier League title in five years. They are also the favorites to win the Champions League this season and continue to fight for the FA Cup after beating Fulham in the fourth round over the weekend.
Although a historic treble could also happen this season, the Catalan has refused to accept that his club Man City are currently the best in the world – instead of naming European champions Chelsea and Club World Cup representatives Palmeiras as the top two.
Speaking after Brentford’s victory, Guardiola said: “In many ways, I was impressed with the [players’] condition. They still have a passion for every sport to do their job.
“They are usually praised, praised – ‘you are the best team in the world’ – these are stupid things. You may be confused, but we are still normal.
“We are not the best team in the world. The best team in the world is Chelsea, the best team Palmeiras. We are not the best and I don’t care.”
Chelsea qualified for the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi by beating Guardiola City in the 2021 Champions League final, and Palmeiras joined them in the final by winning the Copa Libertadores for the second time in a row last year.