Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that his club is still chasing the English Premier League title despite their slip up against Newscastle on Tuesday night.
Manchester City were beaten 2-1 by relegation-threatened Newscastle leaving the title almost up for grabs to leaders Liverpool. This loss means if Liverpool wins their tie against Leicester City tonight, the Reds will be seven points clear of City at the top.
That would represent a significant advantage with just 14 games left to play, but Guardiola has told Jurgen Klopp’s men not to take anything for granted.
“Well, it’s a lot of points if they go on to win, but we are in January, it’s not April or May. There are still many games and anything can happen,” he said.
“A lot of teams are playing many reasons, teams to stay in the Premier League, others to go to the Europa League, for the Champions League.
“In our case, every game, we have to do our best to be there, try to not give up, move forward and try another time and another time.”
City’s night started in promising fashion when Sergio Aguero fired them into the lead with just 25 seconds on the clock, but they were unable to increase their lead despite their dominance.
They were made to pay in the 66th minute when Salomon Rondon fired the Magpies level from close range, and things got worse for
Guardiola was left to bemoan a missed opportunity, but backed his players to bounce back from a disappointing evening.
He added: “I love these players. All the prestige I have here in England, they gave it to me, so all I want to do is be here to try to help them.
“I know how they feel right now and I am beside them, close to them. It’s an incredible group of players, group of guys. It sometimes happens.”