Pep Guardiola has admitted that any title challenge for is going to be ‘so difficult’ after they slipped to defeat in Saturday’s Manchester derby.
Manchester United‘s 2-1 win at the Etihad was the fourth defeat of the season for Pep Guardiola‘s side, the reigning champions having already dropped as many points (16) in the opening 16 games of the campaign as they did in the entirety of last season.
The result, combined with Liverpool‘s 3-0 win over Bournemouth, leaves Man City 14 points adrift of the current league leaders, a deficit that no side has ever managed to overhaul in Premier League history and while Pep Guardiola seemed reluctant to admit his side’s title chances were over, the Catalan did admit their chances were pretty slim.
“We think about what we have to do and the next game – it is not realistic to think about catching up,” Guardiola told the BBC.
“Obviously it is so difficult because the opponents have had 16 games with 15 victories and they are on an incredible run and sometimes we have dropped points. But our duty, and what you have to do, is continue.”
Next up for City is an away trip to face Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in their final Champions League group game, their position as group winners already confirmed.