Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Admits He's ''Happy'' When Liverpool Don't Win

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Sergio Aguero's second-half penalty kept Manchester City within a point of Premier League leaders Liverpool as the champions clinched a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Ham.

Sunday's win means City have completed 25% of an unprecedented quadruple and the games are coming thick and fast for Guardiola's side.

He said: "When you are on top you can drop points but when behind you cannot, because after it'll be more hard. I think he will make subs at half-time".

"The power and energy to achieve that is higher than any excuses you can find. I am delighted with the way we performed", said Guardiola. And as much as I would love to see the Hammers sneak into Etihad Stadium and walk out with a result; this isn't the 2015 version of the Irons with Dimitri Payet in the fold.

"We have a difference of one point and we have 33 points to play for".

"I want the "smell" in the locker room". It will be a game that City will be desperate to win as they seek to keep up with Liverpool in their chase for the Premier League title.

"I want to see their faces tomorrow, my players".

"They are finding it hard to break West Ham down", he told Sky Sports Soccer Special host Jeff Stelling.

Meanwhile in East London the Hammers ended a run of five games without a win when they beat Fulham 3-1 last time out.

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"I can not anticipate how far he will go, but I admire the fact that he took responsibility", said Guardiola.

"They're still leading. So far they are better than us, than Tottenham and the others", added the Spaniard.

'If we had lost this game with another action then maybe we could accept it, but not that penalty'.

Jurgen Klopp has a magnificent starting XI to work with, no one can doubt that, but beyond his strongest team there are questions to be had.

This was not a free-flowing attacking masterclass from City, though, in the end, they still ended up with three points.

"It's in their hands but our hands too".

"Apart from the first 10 minutes, we defended well".

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And it was that fact which most impressed Guardiola, who was asked about the extent of Sterling's potential. It became an awkward and nervy night with Guardiola needing to drag on his most reliable performers in Raheem Sterling and Silva to get the job done.

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