Guardiola: Man City face doubts about title challenge

Premier League Liverpool Open Up Six Point Lead As Manchester City Lose Against Leicester

While those events were unfolding at the King Power Stadium, Liverpool - six points clear at the top of Premier League- breezed past Rafael Benitez's side at Anfield with goals from Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho.

It gave Leicester their second straight win, moving them up to seventh, while Manchester City are now down in third, seven points off leaders Liverpool and a point behind second-place Tottenham.

"We have lost two games that we shouldn't do if we are in a race for the title". The win snapped a three-game winless streak for the Foxes. "I don't forget who we are, how good a team we are, how exceptional these lads I have in the locker room are".

"We play against Cardiff in the next game, it will be a different game". It felt like the season was over at this stage last season.

"Maybe we don't create many chances but sometimes it is not easy to create a lot with players coming back from injury. We know when you play Chelsea and City it's hard to have the ball but you must have this mentality to defend together and try to use good recovery and fast passes to break", he said. "We changed the system to get a better balance in the team and it is a fantastic result for this team". "I'm really naive, I thought that is really nice 'thank you very much.' Then now I heard after the game it was about another result".

"Obviously nobody told our crowd that Tottenham won 5-0 [against Bournemouth]".

Lineker is a known admirer of former Barcelona boss Guardiola - who guided City to the league title with an astonishing 100 points total last season - meaning the TV pundit's message is sure to be tongue-in-cheek.

So let's say Liverpool need 91 to finish top; that leaves them needing 40 points from their 19 remaining games. "People say what we did last season was easy, it was very hard". "But I thought it was because of us".

City, meanwhile, are playing an entirely different game now: catch-up rather than pace-setting, meaning they can not afford and surely will not take the same approach as at Anfield-timid, respectful, happy to settle for a point.

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