Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no intentions of going after Arsene Wenger’s unbeaten record, ahead of the duo’s clash on Sunday.
Wenger holds the record for the most games without losing in the English Premier League, having gone 49 games with his 2003-04 Arsenal team, earning the nickname The Invincibles.
Guardiola’s men have not lost in their last 18 league games dating back to last season. Their last loss was a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
A thrilling 4-2 win at Napoli in midweek also made it four Champions League wins out of four for Guardiola’s men, leading to speculation over how far City’s hot streak might extend.
Speaking before the game, Wenger expressed doubts over City’s capacity to emulate his most famous side and Guardiola told a pre-match news conference that he and the veteran Frenchman are on the same page.
“I would like to say to Arsene that this record belongs to him. We are not going to break him. He has to be calm and sure that is not going to happen.
“It belongs to his team, an exceptional team, because to go through the Premier League unbeaten is something fantastic.
“It belongs to him. He has to know that we don’t want to break this record. We want to play well and beat him on Sunday. That is what we want to do.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte described Guardiola’s rampant team as “a big problem” for anyone else with title ambitions but the City manager maintains there will be tough times ahead for the leaders.
“We are five points in front ahead of [Manchester] United. How many games left? 28. How many points… mathematics, I am a disaster… 84.
“84 points to play, five points in front. It is nothing.
“If you tell me we will play until May the way we have played over the past two months I will tell you we have a good chance to win the Premier League.
“But who assures me that is going to happen? Who can assure me we are not going to have injured players or have bad moments?
“Even for the best teams in the world in history, it is impossible to maintain what we have done over the last two months.
“March and April are the best months to talk about that. With 84 points to play for, it is nothing.”