Guardiola is interested in third consecutive championship title0
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shared his impressions of the ups and downs in the tournament table after the winning match with Everton (3:1).
Manchester City are followed by misfortune this season. The injuries of Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Leroy Sane messed things up for the Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola. Because of that, he has to put Nicolas Otamendi in the starting line-up again and again, who intended to leave the Citizens last summer, but stayed.
In the match with Everton, Fernandinho acted as a second central defender and Rodri held the defensive midfield. Although Manchester City did concede, but managed to take away confident victory at Goodison Park and shorten the gap from Liverpool to five points, as the Reds managed to take three points away with Sheffield thanks to a curious goal by Wijnaldum.
After the match with Everton, Pep Guardiola shared his feelings, which he felt, when Lverpool’s gap from Man City was eight points,
“We were aware that Liverpool won once again and the gap between us grew to eight points. It is an abyss. After our victory, the gap shortened to five points and are still many matches ahead.
We know, who is against us in the race for England’s championship title. They have seven victories in a row, they won the Champions League and are demonstrating a good football. They are our main competitor and we are aware that we cannot lose to many points, because last season they lost only twice.
The season is long, we need to keep working and not fall behind them. Then, maybe, we will manage to press them harder and win the EPL for the third rime in a row.”
Last season Liverpool also often got lucky, like in the matches with Everton, Manchester City or Newcastle. It is as if this season has become a continuation, because the Reds’ game needs improvement. Napoli showed that in the first round of the Champions League, when they defeated Klopp’s team 2:0. The German is trying to play a more pragmatic football, while Manchester City are terrorized by problems with the bench and they have already lost five points in seven rounds. The Citizens will have an opportunity to climb into the first place, but whether they manage to withhold the distance in the season with injuries of their players will only be known next spring.