Pep Guardiola expects Manchester City to drop more points in the Premier League title race despite a comfortable away win over Everton that took his team top of the table for the first time since December.
City’s victory was relatively routine, but as happy as Guardiola was with the win, he took little satisfaction from the fact Liverpool have to chase them now, even though their rivals were seven points clear a few weeks ago.
“It feels much better being top of the league, but we have played one more game,” said Guardiola. “It is the best we can do.
“The reality is we could have been, one month ago, 10 points behind when we played Liverpool. A few days ago, we could have been seven points behind. Now we are top of the league. What is the lesson? Never give up. It is the same for every athlete, never give up, always try to win.
“I don’t know how Liverpool feel about having to chase us, that is a question for them, but of course they have to play a game at Old Trafford against Manchester United, we will see how that finishes.
“We have 12 games to play, there are a lot of points to play for and we will drop points between now and the end of the season, hopefully as little as possible and less than Liverpool. I don’t think any team is going to win 12 games in a row.