It’s time to prove ourselves – Pep Guardiola urges City to make derby statement

Pep Guardiola has urged his Manchester City players to prove their title credentials this weekend against a Manchester United side he considers genuine contenders for the crown. The champions’ status as Premier League title favourites has been called into a question after a number of frustrating results in recent outings. City were held to a draw by struggling Everton a fortnight ago and Guardiola admitted his team fell way below the standard he expects as they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Southampton in midweek.