‘I have to say’ – Pep Guardiola argues Liverpool as he explains Man City ‘secret’

‘I have to say’ – Pep Guardiola argues Liverpool as he explains Man City ‘secret’

Pep Guardiola has described Liverpool and Manchester City as ‘out of this world’.

A comeback of just two points from the last nine offered by Liverpool allowed City to capitalize to widen a sizable gap at the top of the Premier League.

With Guardiola’s side having dropped just 10 points overall in their 21 games this season, a comeback from third-placed Liverpool or second-placed Chelsea seems unlikely.

However, City boss Guardiola has credited Jurgen Klopp’s Reds for achieving something ‘never, ever’ seen before in the Premier League.

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“It was always Barcelona and Madrid (when I was managing in Spain), and with Bayern (in Germany) it was Dortmund, and here the last few years it was Liverpool and ourselves,” Guardiola said. when asked if he had competed against such strong players. title rivals before.

“Now this season it’s Chelsea (too). But I have to say it was only like that (Liverpool and City) because we were exceptional. It wasn’t because someone was doing something wrong. .

“What we (Liverpool and City) have done in the last three or four years has never been seen before in this country. Never again. Needing 98 points to be champions when before it was 78, 80, 82.

“I think the other opponents, Chelsea, United, Tottenham, did well, but Liverpool and City were out of this world.”

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Guardiola, whose side could be 13 points clear with a home win against Chelsea on Saturday, continued: “And I’m proud, after six seasons together, five years of success, in January we’re still here, and at every game we are always in competition.

“I repeat it many times… What happens after being champions, the season after being champions for the last 10 seasons? Take stock.

“Next season they drop massively, and we’re here, and that’s incredible credit to these exceptional players.”

Liverpool are having a tough time as they navigate part of their title run without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, with the trio on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Reds have also been hampered by injuries and COVID-related concerns in recent weeks, which somewhat hampered the momentum they had built in the early months of the season.

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When asked how City have managed to take such a lead at this stage of the season, Guardiola said: “We are consistent – that’s the reason why. There is no secret.

“But you ask me about Chelsea and Liverpool, my opinion of them doesn’t change. They are more than great teams.

“If you told me a month ago that we would be 10 points clear – or eight points clear if Liverpool beat Leeds (their current game) – I would say impossible.

“Because I couldn’t expect them to drop points and I couldn’t expect them due to the situation with the many issues we had a month ago.”