Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola refuses to rule out Premier League title
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted the reigning Premier League champions can simply retain their title if they”win matches, win games, win matches” after being held to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle.
City led at St James’ Park but finally had to make do with a point after Jonjo Shelvey curled a equaliser to clinch a draw for the Magpies.
That abandoned Guardiola’s men 11 points adrift of leaders Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 2-1 win at home to Brighton, but inquired when an 11-point gap would be too large to bridge,” he responded:”It is not time.
“We’ve got yet another opponent in front of us, thus we now have to try and win matches, win games and then see what happens.
“I said yesterday at the press conference that it is not a good idea to think about the Premier League or think the number of points. We have to win games, win matches, win games, and if you do not win, it will be more difficult.”
If his 15th goal of the campaign smashed home city took a 22nd-minute guide on Tyneside, after exchanging passes with Miguel 40, however they ahead for 3 minutes with Jetro Willems produced an equally-decisive finish.
The people looked to have won it eight minutes remaining when Kevin De Bruyne thumped the ball past the Martin Dubravka away from the underside of the crossbar and chested a clearance down.
However, they had been undone for a second time when substitute Christian Atsu played a free-kick square to Shelvey, who snatched it past the Ederson.
Guardiola, whose side won their past 14 games last year to clinch the Premier League crown following a 2-1 defeat Tyneside said:”Last season, we played badly, we played with weaker than today.
“I believe we did everything to win the match and the guys responded perfectly, so that’s the truth.
“I believe we played in a great, great level in all conditions, defending and set-pieces and everything. We moved the ball wellwe found spaces out especially with the players indoors, and we arrived in front of target many.
“Regrettably, we couldn’t score.”
The winners confront Burnley at gardening Moor on Tuesday at 8.15pm, before hosting Manchester United in the Etihad Stadium on Saturday at 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports.