Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola doesn’t like to lose a game, let alone a title.
So it was clearly a challenge for the trophy-collecting Spaniard to comment on his club’s Thursday loss to Chelsea handing rivals Liverpool the Premier League title.
“Big congratulations for Liverpool for this great season and the title they won,” he offered after the game.
So what went wrong in your bid for a threepeat, Pep?
“We were not consistent like the previous season. We arrived after four titles in one season. Liverpool after winning the Champions League they were incredibly confident. After 30 years they played every game like the last game and we didn’t play that way.”
A bit grumpy on TV, but how about the post-match presser with the media?
Guardiola further explored the season, noting the departure of team leader Vincent Kompany and long-term absence of star center back Aymeric Laporte.
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“We are far but the other 18 teams are farther,” Guardiola said. “Liverpool didn’t drop points so we have to recover for the next season to be more consistent and recover the points we missed this season. That is the reality when the gap is like this. Two seasons ago we had 25 points more than Liverpool, now they have the distance. In the last ten competitions we have played we have won eight which never happened in this country. You cannot win them all, it can happen to miss one.”
I wouldn’t want to be Newcastle, even at home, for the visit from Man City in an FA Cup quarterfinal on Sunday.
But I also wouldn’t want to be Pep when City gives Liverpool a guard of honor at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.Follow @NicholasMendola