Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits one slip-up will hand Liverpool the Premier League crown

Manchester City are now just four games away from retaining the Premier League title following a 4-0 thrashing of Leeds at Elland Road.

Rodri, Nathan Ake, Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho all stamped their names onto the scoresheet as the Citizens took yet another step towards the league crown. 

Despite inching closer towards Premier League supremacy, City manager Pep Guardiola still believes that even a draw in their final four games would hand Liverpool the title.

The Spaniard said: "We stuck together and we reduced the goal difference. I don't know if it is important - but it is in our hands.

"Newcastle, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa. We know exactly what we have to do and we have the same opinion.

"We win, we will be champions. We draw, they (Liverpool) will be champions."

Man City's four-goal rout of Leeds moves them one effort away from Liverpool when it comes to goal difference.

Manchester City's Nathan Ake (centre) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game

Looking back on the win over the Whites, Guardiola underlined the special atmosphere at Elland Road.

He said: "I think the result looks more comfortable than it really was, but I could not expect differently.

"We knew it. Between the Champions League game it is always difficult, especially away, especially at Elland Road, especially a 'final' (for Leeds) to stay in the Premier League.

"Since I arrived (at City) I hear many times about what Elland Road means. The previous time we came here Marcelo Bielsa was manager and it was behind closed doors, so I couldn't feel it. Today I felt it, so I know why this is so special.

Manchester City's Rodri (centre) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game

"At the end, 4-0 down, fighting to stay in the Premier League and singing, chanting, showing support.

"Leeds is one of the greatest teams in this country and I have a special sympathy for the fact Marcelo was here and hopefully they can stay up, but that is why we spoke that it will be tough today."

Manchester City will now turn their attention back onto Champions League matters as they prepare to take on Real Madrid in the second leg of their epic semi-final.

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