Guardiola: Man City face doubts about title challenge

by Leon Thompson December 28, 2018, 0:07
Guardiola: Man City face doubts about title challenge

Just four days after Andros Townsend had helped Crystal Palace to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Pereira hit an 81st-minute victor to give Leicester a 2-1 victory on Boxing Day at the King Power Stadium.

Jurgen Klopp called Liverpool beating Newcastle United 4-0 a "pretty ideal day" but admitted to being confused by Anfield's cheers late in the game.

Now they have to play catch-up and their lack of reaction to going behind to Chelsea, Palace and Leicester leaves City's mentality open to question.

Liverpool boast the best defensive record after 19 games of any top-flight season in English football history, so they have to dominate the defence in this team too considering Arsenal have shipped 25 goals to Liverpool's seven.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned Liverpool of the pressures of being Premier League leaders. "If you want to be real contenders you need to win again [soon]", said Guardiola. "What I said last season when we had a big distance [at the top] was not to think about results, think about the games".

Andy Robertson explains why Liverpool could win the Premier League this season
Enter a side and you could win a share of £50,000. "At the end of season you need 105 [points] to be champion - it could be". Wolves competed admirably but couldn't find the back of the net and their three-game winning streak came to an abrupt halt.

It is reported that despite feeling better ahead of the Leicester game, Fernandinho is not certain to feature on Sunday and even worse, could be short of full fitness for the Liverpool game - one City absolutely must win after falling behind Jurgen Klopp's men in the table.

Manchester City slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat by Leicester City on Wednesday as Ricardo Pereira's superb late strike condemned the champions to a second successive Premier League loss. "I don't forget who we are, how good a team we are, how exceptional these lads I have in the locker room are".

Kevin De Bruyne did at least start his first game of the season at the King Power Stadium, after suffering two knee injuries, completing 70 minutes while David Silva, who has missed City's last five matches, was a late substitute. "That is pretty much what we wanted to do from the start - create a basis for the rest of the season".

Guardiola won three consecutive league titles at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but retaining the title in England has proved impossible for any team in the past decade.

Meanwhile, Arsenal were pegged back and held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day to leave them trailing Tottenham by seven points. We practice little details, the same way as during three years together.

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