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Pep claims title race far from over as City prepare for Burnley battle


By Andy Hampson

Pep Guardiola disagrees with rival manager Jose Mourinho that the Premier League title race is as good as over.

Ahead of today's clashes, Manchester City held a 15-point lead over Manchester United, who are their nearest challengers after 25 games.

Mourinho said at a news conference yesterday that United "have to try to finish second" but Guardiola immediately responded by saying all was still to play for.

Speaking at his own press conference to preview today's trip to Burnley, Guardiola said: "There are 13 games, 39 points to play (for). We have (a lead of) 15. It's not over.

"We have amazing, tough games to play, for example tomorrow. We cannot deny how complicated it is playing at Burnley.

"After that we have to go to Stoke City, Goodison Park, we have games against Arsenal, Tottenham, United, Chelsea. Definitely it's not over."

City have already beaten Burnley twice at the Etihad Stadium this season - 3-0 in the league and 4-1 in the FA Cup - but neither were as straightforward as the final scorelines suggest.

Playmaker David Silva is doubtful for the game after leaving the field with a side injury in the midweek victory over West Brom.

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