Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has sarcastically ruled his side out of the title race.
The Premier League champions moved back up to second with a 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday night, a Gabriel Jesus brace and goals from Rodri and Riyad Mahrez moving the club above Leicester and within eight points of league leaders Liverpool.
Liverpool have the chance to reestablish their 11 point advantage over the Citizens with victory over Everton in the Merseyside derby at Anfield tonight, and their significant advantage has seen many claim Jurgen Klopp’s side as early champions-elect.
“The title is over,” Guardiola sarcastically said following Man City‘s win at Turf Moor.
“From what I read nobody gives us a chance. It’s done.”
The Spaniard did, however, reiterate his belief that his side can defend their crown, but says City will take a game by game approach as they bid to bridge the gap to their Merseyside rivals.
“I don’t believe it, but it is not about whether I believe it or I don’t believe it. It is about the next game,” Pep continued.
“Our team is stable and that’s what we want. For the distance we have against Liverpool, it would be crazy to think about the title, honestly.
“We have to think about the (Manchester) derby, game by game. There are other competitions – the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Champions League. It is important to take this rhythm for the next games.”