Defending Champions, Manchester City, lost by 3-2 to resolute Wolverhampton Wanderers, and their manager, Pep Guardiola insists the club are playing a risky game and might miss out on the top four if they give up on the league.
A chaotic game which saw 10-man City lose a 2-0 lead to goals from Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez which levelled the game after Raheem Sterling’s brace, had given his team the lead. His first goal came from a twice-taken penalty awarded by VAR. The goalkeeper for Wolves, Rui Patricio, saved both times but sterling pulled the rebound into the net. However, Matt Doherty’s 89th-minute goal secured the win for the home team.
It started looking bad for the 'Cityzens' on the 12th minute when the goalkeeper, Ederson, was shown a red card for a cynical tackle of Diogo Jota after the Wolves striker tried to race past him.
This defeat to Wolves meant that the defending champions now trail league leaders Liverpool by 14 points in the Premier League having even played a game more. But, with City sitting in the third position, Pep Guardiola is still adamant they cannot give up on retaining their title.
“We cannot prioritise the cup competitions because if so next season we might not be in Europe,”
"We are used to being at the top fighting and now we are far away. We have to adjust mentally to the situation and prepare for the next games.
“I said many times ‘it’s unrealistic to think about Liverpool. We have to think about Leicester.
"We have a chance to recover the second position. We are third and that is the situation. We have to move on. The first season was quite similar to now but in the second and third seasons, we were there all the time and winning a lot of games.
“Now, because of some mistakes and some other situations, we are far away.”