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Pep Says Not Thinking About Liverpool Despite Eight-Point Gap

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola called Manchester City’s defeat at Wolves a “bad day” but isn’t thinking about Liverpool despite slipping eight points behind in the title race.

Adama Traore’s second-half double helped Wolves stun City 2-0 to leave Liverpool in control of the title race at this very early stage heading into the international break.

Regarding the title race, Guardiola said:

“It is a lot of points [difference].

“They [Liverpool] don’t drop points for many reasons.

“But it is better not to think about that. It is better to think about what is next.”

David Silva did strike the woodwork for City at 0-0 but Guardiola’s side created little as they failed to score at home for the first time in 45 Premier League matches and succumbed to their first home defeat since losing to Crystal Palace in December.

The performance once again exposed holes in City’s back-line with Fernandinho struggling as a makeshift centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi, who looked sluggish up against the Wolves press.

“It was a bad day,” Guardiola said.

“That sometimes happens. We started quite well and then we conceded two situations with two loose balls in our build-up – we got a little bit nervous. That sometimes happens. There’s a lot of games to go.

“We lost to a good team. They’re physical and strong in the air and fast on the counter-attack and that’s why.”