Pep Guardiola said that his Manchester City team can still win the title after their shock defeat to Newcastle United gave Liverpool the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points should they beat Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday.
The City manager conceded it was “not the best night” for his team who took the lead after 25 seconds through Sergio Aguero but failed to build on it. He conceded that Kevin De Bruyne, booked in the first half for taking a free-kick early and later in danger of a second yellow card for a foul on match-winner Matt Ritchie, was substituted partly out of a fear he would be dismissed.
Guardiola said his team could still defend their title even if Liverpool went seven points clear. He said: “It is a lot of points if we are going to win but at the same time it is January and it is not April or May. We have many games and anything can happen. A lot of teams play for many reasons – Premier League, Europa League and Champions League – and in every game we have to do our best to be there. We will try and not give up and move forward and try another time.”