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Manchester City are currently top of the table, and Pep Guardiola’s side are bracing up for this weekend’s fixture against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.

City bounced back from last week’s shock defeat at Newcastle to take top spot from Liverpool after beating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Last weekend, City defeated Arsenal 3-1 with a convincing display, and up next for the Citizens is a home game against Chelsea, and Guardiola will be wary of a Chelsea side that defeated them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in December.

Guardiola has called Chelsea a big bull and believes that the Chelsea game will be more difficult than the test against Arsenal. The City boss also said Chelsea have the advantage with a week of rest.

Speaking after their win over Everton last night, Guardiola said: “We started well with Arsenal and Everton but now comes a really, really big test — a big bull.

“Chelsea is an exceptional team with seven days to prepare that game.

“We will try. We have to prepare well. This is a real final for us this weekend.

“If we are able to take these points, we are going to take a huge step forward.

“One month ago we could have been ten points behind with the game against Liverpool and seven days ago we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league.

“What is the lesson? Never give up. That is the best advice for all athletes. Everything is in your hands, try to win your games because life changes immediately.

“That’s why it is not necessary to look at the tables, just prepare well, recover well and prepare the game against Chelsea.”

Despite being more than 10 points behind Manchester City and Liverpool, Guardiola said earlier in the week that Chelsea are still in the title race.

He said: “I never said Tottenham is not there. Chelsea, I never said. United making this run every single week and they will be there.

“Now we see the table and see the first two or three and we don’t look further than that. Chelsea can win games in a row and be a contender. There are 39 points to play, and nine or 10 behind it’s not too much. Everyone is ready to take points.”

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