Pep: It will be difficult to deny Liverpool the title

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that the Premier League title is now in Liverpool’s hands after his team fell to another painful defeat on Tuesday.Despite taking the lead in the first minute against Newcastle United, Pep’s men were left to rue three points lost as the Magpies came storming back.Salomon Rondon cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s early opener just after the hour mark before Matt Ritchie sealed a 2-1 victory from the spot 10 minutes from time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The reverse was City’s fourth Premier League defeat this season, three of which have come in the last seven games in a run that has allowed Liverpool to cut loose at the top.Jurgen Klopp’s men can go seven points clear with a victory against Leicester City on Wednesday, and Pep recognises his men face an uphill task to retain their crown.”It is difficult. We have a chance to do it but we need to win our games,” Guardiola explained to reporters.“The advantage is not there but we need to continue. We have to do our games and know what we have to do.“You can lose. Football is competitive.”We had a chance today to reduce the lead. Tomorrow is a game for our opponent. When you are behind you have to win games and we couldn’t do that.”I know the challenge is big, being in all competitions is what it is. If you want to go up as a club you have to accept that challenge. I prefer to be in that position.”The former Barcelona and Bayern coach held back from criticising his beaten charges, however, instead preferring to highlight all they have achieved together in the past few seasons.”I love these players,” he added. “They gave me all the prestige I have in England. I will try to be here to help them. I know how they feel right now and I am beside them, close to them. It is an incredible group of players.”Did we underestimate Newcastle? Never. We are in four competitions because we never underestimated one competition or team – never. We have done 100 points [in the league last season] because you never underestimate one team. If you don’t you are not in the final of the Carabao Cup.”Sometimes we don’t play at the level we want to play, sometimes it happens.”City will be back in action at the weekend, with Arsenal travelling to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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