Pep Guardiola has made it clear that it’s ‘not true’ that the Premier League title race is over because he thinks a possible eight-point lead to Liverpool is ‘nothing’, as he told his press conference.
Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0 on home soil on Saturday lunchtime, and by doing so, they opened a 13-point lead on the London club and a 14-point lead on third-placed Liverpool.
But Jurgen Klopp’s side have two games in hand, including their showdown with Brentford on Sunday afternoon, as well as having to play their rearranged fixture against Leeds United.
If Liverpool were to win both those matches, then the lead is cut to eight points, with the Merseyside club also due to travel to the Etihad.
All in all, it could possibly be trimmed down to five, but even then, some would say it’s a difficult task against this relentless Man City steam train.
Despite the double-figure lead at the top, Guardiola w`as refusing to believe that the title race is done and dusted, as he sent this blunt message.
“They are going to listen to things that aren’t true,” said Guardiola. “People are going to say ‘it’s over, it’s over, it’s over’.
“And they know it’s not over. In January, it’s impossible.
“But, at the same time, we have won 12 games in a row. Winning. Winning. Winning. To do 36 points from 36 in this league is hats off for these players.
“We can think about Chelsea, but Liverpool have one game in hand if they win against Leeds, then it’s eight points and eight points in January is nothing.”
Unless Man City turn into Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United, then it will only take an almighty collapse for Guardiola and his players not to put another title in Man City’s cabinet.
At the start of the season, many thought it was going to be a four-way title race.
But given that it’s only January, it’s pretty clear that there is only one team surging towards that title.
It also shows that the hype in the media is far louder than reality because, for yet another season, the title race is over before the January transfer window can slam shut.