Manchester City out of title race admits Pep Guardiola

Manchester City lose 4-0 at Everton on Sunday and now sit ten points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea

Manchester City out of title race admits Pep Guardiola

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January 17th, 2017

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Pep Guardiola has thrown the towel in as far as his team’s Premier League challenge is concerned, with the Spaniard having seen his Manchester City team suffer a 4-0 defeat at Goodison Park on Sunday.

It was a fine performance from Everton although it’s not the first time that City have been exposed on the road recently, with a poor performing Leicester side managing to beat the Citizens 4-2 at the King Power.

Guardiola has effectively conceded that the title challenge is dead in the water before the end of January, with his players having too much ground to cover.

When asked if his team are out of the title race, Guardiola replied: “Yes. The first one is a 10-point gap and that is a lot. The second one is three points, so we have to see. I spoke with the players for the last three weeks to forget about the table, focus on the next game and do our best. After that, at the end of the season, we’ll analyse how our level was, our performance, the coach, the players. After we are going to decide.”

“I will be concerned and worried when the opponents arrive six or seven times and create a lot of chances. That’s then our problem to control the game.

“I know in many cases the people don’t agree with me but to control the game means you have the possession to create enough chances and concede as few as possible. That has happened.

“But what happens when they arrive for the first time it’s a goal. Gaël Clichy loses the ball, they make the counterattack and we don’t have our line. To avoid that you put the ball up. Then you lose the ball because our strikers are our strikers, and 10 men behind the ball. Maybe we would be solid with that but I don’t believe in it.

“I want us to get better and better and feel we are able to score goals. When that happens we are going to suffer less behind. Our strikers will have more confidence. It is tough for the players. I was a player and understand how tough it is for them right now. We are trying to do absolutely everything. But it’s not the first time it’s happened this season.”

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