Manchester City showed no signs of feeling the pressure of a title race as Pep Guardiola’s side shared plenty of laughs during training on Tuesday.
The reigning Premier League champions are looking to capitalise on Liverpool’s recent falterings and know a win at Everton on Wednesday night would see them go top on goal difference.
Spirits were high at the club’s training complex during the session with players left in hysterics at one of the coaches expense.
Having dispatched a less-than-impressive Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday, many will expect City to ease aside an Everton squad bereft of confidence after recent poor form.
But Guardiola is wary of overlooking Marco Silva’s struggling side given his past experiences at Goodison Park.
‘Goodison Park is always a tough game for us,’ Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
‘The approach is the same – to go there, try and make a good performance and win the game and we have chance to be top of the league.
‘A long time ago we lost at Goodison. I don’t go there thinking about what happened then. Every game is completely different.’
With 13 games to go, the former Barcelona boss knows no game can be taken for granted.
But having go on to lift the trophy last season, Guardiola wants his players to harness those experiences to edge them in front of Liverpool come full-time on Wednesday night.
‘Three, four days ago we are already done, and the champions were Liverpool. Now we are favourites. Maybe soon we will be behind,’ he said.
‘It’s about being calm. There will be surprises, it’s tough for every team to win games. I talk to my players and say don’t forget who we are as a team. We are a strong team and that’s what I want to watch every game. After we will see.’