Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will not be out of the title race, even if they lose to league leaders Liverpool at Anfield this weekend.
The Premier League champions head to Merseyside on Sunday looking to reduce the current six-point gap to Jurgen Klopp’s side, though defeat will see Man City surrender even more of an advantage to their title rivals.
Despite the implications of a potential defeat, Guardiola insists his side will remain in the race due to the sheer amount of football still to play.
Asked at a press conference on Friday if his side’s title chances would over should Liverpool open up a nine-point advantage, the Catalan said: “I don’t know, I don’t know honestly.
“I think in November it never ends. I know what is going to happen if we lose…I think we have a lot of games to play, a lot
“The experience in sport is until the end is that you have to fight. That is what I want to fight until the end, next Sunday and all the games we have to play.”
Guardiola acknowledges that allowing Liverpool to extend their lead will make retaining the title difficult, with their Merseyside rivals having lost just once in their previous 50 league fixtures.
“It will be more difficult of course, if you see Liverpool they lost one game last season and this season they are unbeaten so you can imagine or think they are not going to lose many games.
“But the season is long, a lot of games, and a lot of situations can happen so I don’t know”
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