Pep Guardiola says the only demand on Manchester City is that they push Liverpool to the end of the Premier League.
However, the Spaniard said it is not important whether or not his side win the title this season. City remain nine points behind leaders Liverpool after a 2-1 win over Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking during his post-match press conference on Saturday, Guardiola said: “I think it’s not a good message for society, for our kids, for our teenagers, showing them that just the winner is perfect. We are creating a depressed people, loser people.
“It is not. Important is the effort, the commitment, the situation. In football I know we want to win but just win once and the other is disaster? It’s not, it doesn’t work in that way. That’s why I said to the players relax, do your job, we will see in December, January, February, March and we will see what position we are in.
“If the position is far away, OK it’s far away. We are going to try again next season.”
He added: “If we lose, we lose,” he added. “But I promise you, when I see my team don’t fight with no spirit or lack of intensity and desire, I’ll say I don’t like my team, I don’t like the way they play.
“In these three years and half, people can say we play good or bad but give up? That is not going to happen. My teams, always we try but I accept that the others can better.”