PEP GUARDIOLA is adamant Manchester City will need 98 points if they are to retain the title.
Guardiola’s men kept themselves in the hunt for back-to-back Premier League crowns after their 2-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday.
City’s title destiny rests in their own hands and they know if they win their remaining three games, they will be confirmed as champions.
Liverpool take on Huddersfield on Friday night fully aware three points will keep the title race alive.
While City broke the 100-point barrier last season, Guardiola thinks this could be the norm in campaigns to come.
He said: “Before it was easier than last season – everybody could lose to anybody. This season two teams won a lot of games. That’s the standard we have set.
“Like Usain Bolt when he does a 100 metre race – that’s the standard. Other people have to reach it.
“Like Jack Nicklaus with 18 Grand Slams and Tiger Woods, that’s the standard, it’s the same.
“[We got]100 points last season. If you want to compete you have to do that.
“I say right now, to maintain that level now, after what we’ve done, I’d sign for that. I don’t expect more than that.”
Guardiola also paid lip service to Liverpool for pushing his side the way they have done.
He added: “We have to push each other, knowing the other teams are at the same level as us, focus on every single game, do what you have to do to win that game, respect the opponents, work hard, improve on what we have done this season – that’s the only way I know.”
City travel to face Burnley on Sunday in arguably their toughest remaining fixture.
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