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"Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by 14Ebiscoo: 7:07am On Dec 31, 2018
Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City side a failure to beat Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday will effectively mean their title challenge is “over”.

Reigning champions City revived their bid to retain the Premier League trophy with a 3-1 win away to Southampton on Sunday that followed shock defeats by Crystal Palace and Leicester.

Victory at St Mary’s, however, still left City seven points behind leaders Liverpool and for a while, it seemed Guardiola’s side might drop more points on the south coast.

David Silva put City ahead after 10 minutes but they then squandered several chances and gifted Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg a 37th-minute equaliser.

But the uncertainty that crept into City’s play was ended by a James Ward-Prowse own goal and a Sergio Aguero header just before half-time that left City 3-1 up.

Saints’ frustrations boiled over with a red card for Hojbjerg after a wild challenge on Fernandinho late in the game.

“We knew it, that with the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it (the title race is finished,” Guardiola said.

“It would be almost impossible. Of course, they are going to drop points but not too many. If you want to be there as far as possible until the end we have to remember what happened last season and this as well –- apart from the last few days,” the City manager added.

Guardiola was adamant he had not lost confidence in his side, despite the Palace and Leicester reverses.

“How can I doubt them?,” he said. “Football is like this. We make 30 exceptional minutes again, especially without the ball, we create chances to go 2-0 or 3-0, we concede one goal.

“Against Crystal Palace and Leicester they were happy with 1-1 and they found a second one, I always judge our intentions of the game and always our intentions are to try.”

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added: “We won a lot of games but unfortunately we lost two and we have a rival (Liverpool) who at the moment is the best team in Europe, or in the world.

“That’s why it’s a challenge for us next Thursday, to try and win and sustain this position as far as possible to arrive at the end of the season fighting for the title.”
‘Know what we have to do’

City may again be without Kevin de Bruyne against Liverpool because of the influential playmaker’s muscle problem, but Guardiola rejected suggestions that a defeat of Southampton had sent a message to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.

“We’re not here to send a message,” he said. “Liverpool know what they have to do, we know what we have to do next Thursday. I know the distance is big, seven points, especially because they’re so solid and consistent, but we’re at home.

“Hopefully our people at the Etihad can help, they can support us. Not just for the game, but these players deserve it. What they have done in the last 14 or 15 months, how they defend this club, is incredible, it’s massive,” Guardiola added.

Southampton had hoped to contain City and to an extent it worked, as Hojbjerg robbed Oleksandr Zinchenko before equalising.

But Ward-Prowse’s unlucky deflection of Raheem Sterling’s shot between goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and the near post and Aguero’s unchallenged header from Zinchenko’s cross effectively settled the match before the interval.

“First 20 minutes we had no chance, they were very dominating,” Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said. “But suddenly you saw that they are not perfect.

“They take a lot of risks and if we are sharp we can maybe win the ball and score and we did, a fantastic goal by Pierre. That gave us the hope that we can spring a sensation.

“But two horrible mistakes before the break and we gave it away in a way that was too easy. That changed everything.” (AFP)

https://www.mcebisco.com.ng/2018/12/lose-to-liverpool-and-title-race-is.html

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by luvola(m): 9:06am On Dec 31, 2018
Front page material

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by MJBOLT(m): 11:08am On Dec 31, 2018
LOSERpool is like the elephant on top of the tree,nobody knows how it got there but everybody knows it eventually fall

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by lordparcel: 1:31pm On Dec 31, 2018
It is easier for leciester city to win the champions league than Liverpool to win EPL

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by dominique(f): 3:03pm On Dec 31, 2018
Before nko

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by CallMeNJay: 3:25pm On Dec 31, 2018
YNWA

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Emmariks(m): 3:25pm On Dec 31, 2018
Abi na fear de catch Gadiola?

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by zombieTRACKER: 3:26pm On Dec 31, 2018
CallMeNJay:
YNWA

Liverpool will slip at the last minute...

Ask Gerrard.. Only this time... Chelsea will win the league

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by tallfish145(m): 3:26pm On Dec 31, 2018
liverpool will win

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Antipob777(f): 3:28pm On Dec 31, 2018
Pep is a big illiteracy and should be sacked.
Man city can't won the title so pep should stop spoking rubish hear

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by EmzyT(m): 3:29pm On Dec 31, 2018
Guardiola, there's nothing to Panick about jhoor, Liverpool are not a reliable team at all, I won't be surprised if they didn't win the league this season.

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Dandsome: 3:29pm On Dec 31, 2018
Truth coming out.

Meanwhile........

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by ednut1(m): 3:29pm On Dec 31, 2018
Man city 1 liverpool 3 .

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Nobody: 3:30pm On Dec 31, 2018
The main problem is Man city have a very leaky defence...in that case Man city 1:3 Liverpool

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by OyiboOyibo(m): 3:33pm On Dec 31, 2018
Man City 1 Liverpool 4

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by derbykol(f): 3:33pm On Dec 31, 2018
Man City will win 3:2

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Nobody: 3:33pm On Dec 31, 2018
EmzyT:
Guardiola, there's nothing to Panick about jhoor, Liverpool are not a reliable team at all, I won't be surprised if they didn't win the league this season.

Kindly mention the team capable of defeating them.... yeye!

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by davecris(m): 3:34pm On Dec 31, 2018
It is over already. I don't see this Liverpool team doing a Gerrard again. I know they bottled it before but this is a completely different team. They have everything. They will win the league.

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by derbykol(f): 3:34pm On Dec 31, 2018
Tundexxy:


Kindly mention the team capable of defeating them.... yeye!
In PL,any team can beat any team.

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by highcollide: 3:35pm On Dec 31, 2018
Liverpool looking at man city like

"City, hows your defense looking these days? Any issues we should be aware of before operating?"

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by adewumiopeyemi(m): 3:37pm On Dec 31, 2018
Title race is over chelsea win win the league cheesy

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Nobody: 3:37pm On Dec 31, 2018
derbykol:
In PL,any team can beat any team.
How many have Liverpool lose in last 20 matches?

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Maket: 3:38pm On Dec 31, 2018
Sure winning for liver pool.

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by derbykol(f): 3:41pm On Dec 31, 2018
Tundexxy:


How many have Liverpool lose in last 20 matches?
They can't go unbeaten,time will tell.No vex,please.

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by enemyofprogress: 3:44pm On Dec 31, 2018
E no concern me
Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by emperorakins(m): 3:45pm On Dec 31, 2018
Liverpool will still beat mancity, so guardiola can stop disturbing himself, and for all who thinks Liverpool will loose the EPL, let's just wait till the end of the season, when a club is hungry you know by the way they play, let's leave sentiment aside, Liverpool aren't the same team of last season, this time Liverpool will actually win the EPL, and they might loose just 2 games this season in the EPL. If we are being truthful we know Liverpool aiint joking around

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by OhiOfIhima: 3:46pm On Dec 31, 2018
lordparcel:
It is easier for leciester city to win the champions league than Liverpool to win EPL

Hate speech against Liverpool. Pelepele fa omoyi

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Ranchhoddas: 3:47pm On Dec 31, 2018
davecris:
It is over already. I don't see this Liverpool team doing a Gerrard again. I know they bottled it before but this is a completely different team. They have everything. They will win the league.
If they lose they won't.
They are yet to be tested mentally. They have had many narrow escapes. One bad performance and they would come tumbling like a pack of dominoes.

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by Lovexme(m): 3:48pm On Dec 31, 2018
When you're at the top, everybody wants to see you fail.

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by landmark86: 3:48pm On Dec 31, 2018
U'll definitely lose
EPL belong 2 Liverpool this season

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Re: "Lose To Liverpool And Title Race Is Over" - Guardiola Warns Man. City Players by landmark86: 3:51pm On Dec 31, 2018
MJBOLT:
LOSERpool is like the elephant on top of the tree,nobody knows how it got there but everybody knows it eventually fall
Gerrhout here

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