‘Man City Wont Give Up On Premier League Title Race’- Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City have proven they will never give up during his tenure as they battle to overhaul a nine-point deficit to Premier League leaders Liverpool.
City, who trail second-place Leicester by one point, defeated Chelsea 2-1 on Saturday to move third, while Liverpool maintained their unbeaten record this season with a late win at Crystal Palace.
Guardiola is adamant his squad won’t lose faith, especially after they became the first club in a decade to retain their title last season after trailing Liverpool by seven points at one stage.
“The only pressure we can have is we are going to lose the Premier League. It is not the first time in Manchester City’s 125-year history that they [may] lose the Premier League,” Guardiola said.
“[If] we lose the Premier League we are going to try again next season.
“We didn’t give up last season and that is why we won again. Maybe we are going to lose but this team never gives up. This team tries and this is why we [beat Chelsea] against an incredible top side.
“But if you believe that with the Norwich defeat and the other ones that I am going to doubt my players because they [supposedly] didn’t try you are wrong.
“If you have doubts, last season we wouldn’t have been able to do what we have done. After winning 100 points, winning four titles, that had never happened before. I see, every morning, my team and I don’t have doubts.”
“Even this season we are there. Even Norwich, Wolves and [against] Liverpool especially. One [thing] is the result.
“We have to judge the result but after I try to judge performances. I see every morning my team and I don’t have doubts we are not going to try.”