Premier League: Man City will ‘fight until the last day’ – but can they catch Liverpool?
Pep Guardiola might well be facing the challenge of the managerial career.
In the top-flight seasons where titles have been won by Guardiola around Europe’s major leagues, he has never had to overcome a gap as large as 11 points – the present margin between leaders Liverpool the defending winners, and his Manchester City side.
City directed at Newcastle before being forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at the first kick-off, until Liverpool defeated a nervy finish – that comprised a red card to goalkeeper Alisson for handball – to border Brighton to a dramatic day of activity.
“We have to win matches, win games, win games, and if you don’t win, it will be harder,” explained Guardiola after his negative dropped more points.
The Spaniard managed to ditch a gap season as City hunted Liverpool down to win the Premier League title.
And even though there are still 24 games to go, have City left themselves too much to do?
City need Liverpool to have a bad run of form, however the leaders of Jurgen Klopp also have fell annually.
The Reds have dropped only 13 points in the 32 top-flight games, though they have not kept a clean sheet since 28.
“They seemed like a genuine title-winning team for me personally,” said six-time Premier League winner Phil Neville, who watched Liverpool’s latest triumph.
“At this phase of the year, sometimes performances don’t matter.
“When you see the result up at St James’ Park earlier in the day, it turned out to be a must-win match for Liverpool to extend the lead.”
Former Chelsea and Scotland winger Pat Nevin, that had been at Anfield for Radio 5 Live, gave City trust when he stated:”Liverpool aren’t playing in addition to they were playing last season.”
However, he added:”They’re winning their games and that is what it is about. With league titles, nobody ultimately looks back and says’You didn’t play nicely in this game or game.'”
Much was made of Liverpool’s hectic schedule between now and the start of 2020.
The side of klopp confront nine matches in four distinct competitions – like a trip to Qatar to perform two fittings that the is broadcasting.
Yet Guardiola’s side have a December themselves, with eight games in three competitions – including two Premier League matches in two days against Wolves and Sheffield United.
Will a schedule work in view of this performance against Newcastle ?
“They were overly laboured, they did not move it fast enough and that’s why they had been punished today,” former City midfielder Michael Brown told Radio 5 Live.
“They have let Liverpool get this lead today. They have not been themselves.”
Liverpool were without key midfielder Fabinho contrary to Brighton, along with the Brazilian is not likely to play again till next year because of ligament damage.
City have a treatment room, although Nathaniel Clyne and defenders Joel Matip have also been nursing injuries.
Although Sergio Aguero is another big miss having a thigh injury germany winger Leroy Sane and defender Aymeric Laporte are predicted to be outside until around January and February.
Additionally, defender Oleksandr Zinchenko has not played since 6 October because of knee damage for his team.
“City have injuries, but this isn’t an excuse,” added Brown.
City was headed by liverpool by nine points after a 5-1 triumph over Arsenal on 29 December however the side of Guardiola managed to overturn the deficit in the last 19 matches.
“The chase remains. We fight until the last day,” said defiant City and England defender John Stones after the Newcastle game.
That is assuming the name battle goes up to the season’s final day.
“Liverpool could win matches playing poorly, City played badly now but couldn’t win,” said Sport soccer expert Garth Crooks.
Klopp’s side scored in the closing stages at Aston Villa to win November and played with a late winner. City have failed to hang on to bring about three of their past five league and cup games.
Neville believes the way Liverpool keep moving until the end may be a difference.
He said:”There are a whole lot of teams at the top that are looking tired. You then look at Liverpool and the way that they return to win at Crystal Palace.”
When referee Martin Atkinson appeared the final whistle A sigh of relief could be heard around Anfield.
Liverpool had the things and Klopp joined his players to redesign the lovers – that the German preferring to focus on the positives afterwards.
“It’s unbelievable just how much they would like to acquire. They also made it a very special triumph,” he said.
Speaking about Liverpool’s 11-point advantage, Klopp added:”It is how it is. However, tomorrow, should Leicester win we are eight factors. We do not think about such things”
At the exact same time as Klopp talked to the press, City were on their way back to prepare for Tuesday’s match at Burnley.
“We’ve got another competitor facing us, therefore we have to attempt to win matches and see what happens,” added Guardiola.
“I stated at the press conference that it’s not a fantastic idea to consider that the Premier League or believe, just how many points?”