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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Liverpool can still retain their Premier League crown, despite Jurgen Klopp surrendering the title.
City are seven points ahead of the table and 13 points ahead of Liverpool, one game short after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Tottenham.
Liverpool manager Klopp admitted that the champions cannot hope to go back-to-back this season after suffering a 3-1 loss at Leicester City.
But Guardiola told reporters: “From what I saw, the way they played today against Leicester, of course we have to lose games, but of course they can.
“It is the same Liverpool that I have known in recent years but in the pits they are not as clinical as before. The quality that they played, to do what they have done against Leicester, who have not been able to go through the middle.
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– Manchester City (@ManCity) February 13, 2021
“Football is boxes and sometimes you have that period in which you have to create more to score and every time they arrive they score. Soccer is a state of mind, a feeling, not a tactic sometimes. Sometimes it leaves us.
“The quality of the team is still there. I don’t think they lower the quality of the press or the game, they always create more than the rival. I don’t like to suffer against them, but as a spectator, I always enjoy watching Liverpool ”.
15 – Manchester City have not lost a minute in any of their last 15 Premier League matches – in the competition’s history, only Arsenal have embarked on a longer streak of successive matches without being left behind (a streak of 19 games between December 1998 – May 1999). Impulse. pic.twitter.com/dYgThUhlOM
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City remain undefeated in their last 23 matches in all competitions (W20 D3), conceding just six goals during this period – the Manchester giants have extended their record winning streak for a top flight team in all competitions to 16 matches.
Guardiola’s City have not lost a minute in any of their last 15 Premier League matches, since a 2-0 loss to Tottenham in November.
In league history, only Arsenal have embarked on a longer streak of successive matches without being left behind (a 19-game streak between December 1998 and May 1999).
Meanwhile, City are the first team to keep 14 clean sheets in their first 23 Premier League games in a season from their neighbors Manchester United (17) and Chelsea (14) in 2008-09.