Guardiola warns that City could go on a losing streak like Liverpool
Pep Guardiola has dismissed any suggestions that Manchester City already have the Premier League title sewn up after their 4-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
The Etihad chief warned that his own side could suffer a losing streak like the Reds who were still sitting pretty at the top of the table themselves before a collapse in form after the turn of the calendar year.
The MEN quotes Guardiola as saying:
“Two or three months ago we were out of everything: we didn’t have any chance to be champions, to qualify for the Champions League yet now we are ready.
“We are ready, so maybe we shouldn’t play any more games in the Premier League because we are already champions. I don’t understand why we have to play against Tottenham and after against Everton? I don’t understand it because we are already champions.
“Things change a lot. I understand why people are talking about it because now we are champions because we win games and when we were not winning games we were not champions, but the best way to avoid these not normal discussions is to think about the next one, try to beat them to continue our winning run knowing that we can lose tomorrow, and the day after we can lose, and the day after we can lose.
“Nothing is eternal, nothing is perfect. Just because we won in the past it doesn’t mean we are going to win in the future. We have to focus on the next game.
“Always in my career with my teams we have thought in this way and talked in this way and this is not an exception. It will be tough tomorrow and then incredibly tough against Tottenham. I know it right now so we prepare the best way for the team to make another victory.
“It’s not difficult because we know when we anticipate the future quite quickly, sports shows you in the past how it is going to punish you for that,” he said.
“This is a simple example of what I’ve seen. Liverpool remains one of the best teams I’ve seen in my life and were able to make an incredible run of 68 games at home unbeaten – destroying, winning by big margins, winning in the last minutes – for three seasons without one defeat. Then immediately, you don’t know why, three defeats in a row.
“Do you think it cannot happen with us? Of course it can happen. It can happen in one week and you can lose three or four games immediately after an unbeaten run.
“If that happens, we are thinking about something that is not going to happen or has been written because all the good words are just because we are winning games – we are the same team that we were.”
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