Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes his side can’t chase down Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side currently possess a 14-point lead over the Citizens with a game in hand.
Guardiola’s side have found some form of late in the Premier League, and they continued in that fashion yesterday by defeating Aston Villa 6-1 at Villa Park.
Regardless of that being the case, Guardiola believes Liverpool are too far ahead to chase down.
“Forget about it [top spot],” Guardiola told the media after the Villa clash. “We would have liked to fight against them [Liverpool], but for many reasons we could not.
“Tonight, we go to sleep second in the table and one step closer to qualifying for the Champions League next season.”
Guardiola could be playing mind games, however, there is a sense he is being genuine in terms of what he is saying.
One does get the feeling that he has given up, which is bizarre considering how football works. Perhaps this is an indication into how good Liverpool have become.
The Reds have only dropped points in one Premier League fixture this season, which was the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford back in October.
With that being the case, perhaps Guardiola is right in assuming that Liverpool won’t drop enough points for his side to get back into the title race.
In the Premier League, Liverpool face Manchester United at Anfield next weekend. The Citizens host Crystal Palace.