Guardiola admits ‘gap is huge’ between City and Chelsea

Pep Guardiola thinks Manchester City are still in contention for the Premier League title despite conceding the gap to Chelsea is “huge”.

City lost to a solitary Georginio Wijnaldum goal against Liverpool on Saturday and Chelsea’s 4-2 victory over Stoke means Guardiola’s men are now 10 points behind the leaders.

Guardiola reckons the Blues will be hard to catch in the Premier League title race with Antonio Conte guiding them to 13 league wins on the bounce.

“When you win 12 or 13 games in a row, to drop points is not easy,” Guardiola said. “The gap is huge because they deserve to be there. When they don’t lose it is like this.

“But we are in the Champions League and league (contention). After that defeat on the last day of the year the conclusion is, always, ‘could be better’ but the way they are training, I am glad to work with these guys.

“Tomorrow we try it again, we start the second leg. We have due respect for the other clubs but we have to focus on ourselves and think about the next one and try to do what we need to do to win the games.”