Chelsea were against VAR says Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has cited Real Madrid and Golden State Warriors as examples of teams losing from seemingly impossible positions. Lindsey Parnaby  EPA

Manchester City could still lose the Premier League title although the outcome of the season remains firmly in their hands, manager Pep Guardiola has said ahead of Saturday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur. As soon as Chris Smalling's well-timed finish struck the back of Ederson's goal last Saturday to give United a 3-2 lead, numerous home fans at the Etihad Stadium turned to each other and lamented their collapse.

City have also been tipped for success in the season's individual awards, with Kevin De Bruyne expected to rival Liverpool's Mohamed Salah for player of the year honours.

Guardiola seems to playing mind games to help his players.

With that result trimming their advantage to 13 points, Guardiola's side now need to find another two victories from their remaining six games to put top spot beyond United. "We can only try to focus and win at Tottenham and then Swansea", he told reporters.

Midfielder Dele Alli, who scored in his side's 2-0 win over City in the same fixture last season, felt the matches against the top six sides in the League offers more space for him to exploit.

"In football in 90 minutes you can win or lose, but we need to be more consistent through the whole season in result and performance because you need to be consistent if you are going to win".




That side, which included Zidane, Luis Figo, David Beckham, Iker Casillas and Raul lost six of their last seven games to finish seven points behind Valencia after leading by 11 points at one stage.

Speaking at a press conference, Guardiola said: "Since November and December we have already been champions - when I saw pundits and people (say it is) "impossible for City to drop points".

'Of course it can happen, I assure you.

"He played the last 20 minutes (against Liverpool) and after the game said: "I can not run, I have a lot of pain, I can not run". It was two up in the game before Paul Pogba inspired a United comeback, scoring twice in the second half of its 3-2 win. But in one week we lost three games, that happened. As soon as we win the first one, the second one will be easier.

"We tried to reach the semifinals [of the Champions League], to win the Premier League", Guardiola said. So of course it can happen, no doubts about that.

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