Pep Guardiola has insisted that the Premier League title race is far from over, despite Manchester City enjoying an eight-point lead at the top of the table heading into the new year.
City have been flawless lately and won their last ten league games. This incredible form, combined with both Liverpool and Chelsea faltering over Christmas, has made it possible for them to pull out ahead of their title rivals.
But after City’s recent victory, a stunning 1-0 away win over Brentford, Guardiola pointed out that there is still a long way to go this season.
“There are 54 points to play for,” said Guardiola (via BBC Sport).
“All of you, thank you for your kind words because we win but I will not believe any words you say about ‘it’s already done or expected’ because Chelsea and Liverpool are more than exceptional. One is champion in Europe and the other has have been our great rivals over the years.
“The distance is not because they lose points but because we win 10 games in a row.”
Even though they got the three points, City were far from their best against Brentford and it took a moment of magic in the first half from Phil Foden to decide the match. The English national team player stuck to Kevin De Bruyne’s exact cross and made a controlled finish to break the deadlock.
The foot had been released to the bench by Guardiola recently due to disciplinary issues but his manager was full of praise for the youngster after the match.
“Phil has always been outstanding. He is a guy who can play in different positions at an exceptional level.
“We had no doubt about it. Did he have anything to prove? Absolutely not.”
The next step for City is a trip to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on New Year’s Day, as they look to retain their lead at the Premier League summit.
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