Pep: Man City Didn't Fail In Champions League

Guardiola fires title warning Of course United can still win PL

It was fitting that Pep Guardiola chose the eve of the Grand National to claim that his Manchester City team could yet have their own Devon Loch moment and allow Manchester United to pip them to the title.

A victory, combined with a United defeat against West Brom on Sunday, would secure the title, but it was put to Guardiola that if City lose and United beat West Brom and Bournemouth before his side play again they may start to feel the pressure.In this scenario United would have cut the deficit to seven points having played a match more.

The result narrowed the gap to at the top to still what looks like an unassailable 13 point lead, but having also now lost three games in a week (two to Liverpool in the Champions League and and the Manchester Derby), Pep Guardiola is refusing to rule out an end of season collapse, and has used examples from Spanish football and the National Basketball Association to prove his point.

And manager Pep Guardiola says the Argentina forward could not train after that incident, but pushed himself in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue City's European campaign in the final 24 minutes of the second leg against Liverpool.

"He played the last 10 to 15 minutes and after the game said he had a lot of pain and could not run", Guardiola added.

"I am not the most calm, because that is not the right word, but it's the fact that since November or December [people say] we are already champions - when I saw the pundits and the people in November, they say it's already done". Tomorrow is one of the toughest games we have. They are able to win their games - all six. We have to handle that.

"We tried to reach the semifinals [of the Champions League], to win the Premier League", Guardiola said.

"In football it can happen, of course it can, I assure you", Guardiola said. Real Madrid, years ago, lost six games and didn't win the league. He told me, "you say that in the locker room it's okay, but not on the pitch in front of the spectators". One year ago Cavaliers won 4-3 against Golden State Warriors, winning three games in a row. So if we lose, we're going to do it in a similar way to the way we played against United and Liverpool.

"When the opponent is good, we will congratulate our opponents on beating us, and after learn from that for the next game".

City of course overhauled United's 8 point lead at the top of the table to lift the 2011/12 title, but surely 13 points in just six games is too much...isn't it?

Meanwhile, Guardiola revealed that City had backed the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) despite it being rejected by the Premier League.

Guardiola, who said that City have 14 players available "plus the kids" for the clash with Tottenham, does not know when Aguero will pass fit.

During the defeat the two defeats to Liverpool, City were on the wrong end of three incorrect offside decisions that would have been overturned by VAR but clubs have voted against it being introduced.

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