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Pep: My City players don't need leader like Churchill to win title

Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City players are capable of winning the Premier League title by themselves and will not require Churchillian inspiration to keep Arsenal at bay.

City moved top of the Premier League for the first time since February 17 thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Pep Guardiola's men were pushed until the end by Fulham, who stuck doggedly with the in-form champions throughout the match.

Far more experienced top-flight sides might have crumbled when Erling Haaland netted his 50th goal of the season from the penalty spot after just three minutes.

However, Fulham managed to find a leveller a little over 10 minutes later through Carlos Vinicius, who has struggled for goals since he became a regular starter in the absence of the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic.

It took a touch of class from Julian Alvarez to restore the visitors' advantage in the first half, superbly curling home what proved to be the winner.

When asked if his side will need a leader and statesman of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill's stature during City's quest to achieve an unprecedented treble, Guardiola responded: "This group of players don't need a leader. They know what they have to do.

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