“Football is that you are able to win a lot of games and you are able to lose a lot of games.
Pep Guardiola has warned that it is too early to concede the Premier League title to Liverpool, while calling on his Manchester City side to return to winning ways.
Three defeats in four games have shaken the reigning champions, but their manager refuses to panic ahead of a crucial week of action
While City faltered, Liverpool stepped up a gear with eight consecutive wins in the league and now enjoy a seven point advantage over Guardiola’s men, while Tottenham now sit second – one point ahead of the Manchester club.
Now Guardiola insists that his team must return to form against Southampton at the weekend before they think of a title six-pointer against Liverpool to kick off the New Year next Thursday.
Defeats against Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester City in recent weeks have shattered City’s aura of near-invincibility in the Premier League, having lost just one of their previous 30 games in a run stretching back to January 2018. Three losses in four for the Citizens have seen them relinquish their control of the summit, having waltzed to glory in the 2017-18 season.
The Catalan has no doubt that there is a long way to go still before a champion can be declared.
If you want to be real contenders you have to win again. “From January, February last season people said, ‘The Premier League is over’.