Pep Guardiola has made the bizarre claim that Chelsea and Manchester United are not out of the Premier League title race this season.
Man City’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend, combined with Liverpool‘s two consecutive 1-1 draws, have seen Pep Guardiola’s side move to within three points of the summit, with Spurs just two points further back.
With 13 games to go, the title race looks like it could be one of the most exciting battles in years as Man City look to become the first team to defend their title since Manchester United managed it back in 2008/09.
City travel to Merseyside to face Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night – a game which could see the Citizens go top – although Pep Guardiola reckons that fourth-placed Chelsea and fifth-placed Man Utd should not be ruled out of the title race.
“I never said Tottenham was not there, nor Chelsea,” Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.
“I never put out all five-six teams, and United is making this run of victories every single week, they’ll be there to fight for the Premier League.
“If Chelsea is able to do games in a row, games in row, they’ll be contenders too to win the Premier League, so everybody is there. The gap is not too big.
“With 39 points to play for, when you are nine, ten points behind, it’s not too much. Seeing what’s happening right now in the Premier League, everybody is ready to take points.”
While it is of course mathematically possible for United and Chelsea to still win the Premier League, with 39 points still to play for, it seems a bit of a stretch of even the most optimistic of imaginations that it could actually happen.
Chelsea currently sit 12 points behind Liverpool, while Manchester United are two points further back in fifth.