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Guardiola and Klopp Weigh in on Title Race

We’re not even to the Christmas break but both bosses have thoughts on their teams.

Liverpool FC v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Liverpool are still eight points clear at the top of the league and it’s a different City (Leicester, for anyone too lazy to look it up) that’s sitting in second spot. This, despite another heart-clenching performance from the Reds and a win wrestled out of the jaws of a lacklustre draw. So, to calm us all down just a bit, we turn to the bosses to see what they have to say about the title race and about Liverpool.

“Liverpool look unstoppable,” Josep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City and this author’s fashion nemesis, said this weekend. “I know it’s far away with these numbers. My teams always try, but we accept other teams can be better.”

“So [if] we are going to lose the Premier League, we are going to try the next season. It’s not the first time Manchester City in 100 years of history lose the league.”

A true fact that can be corroborated by any historian.

“If we don’t [retain the title], I’m not going to retire but I’m going to be disappointed,” Pep added. “This team never gives up.”

A very nice bolster for the Reds. Our boss, however, is concerned about slightly different things.

“You have to use [every chance],” Klopp said when asked about yet another winner scored in the final minutes of the game. “I don’t like to talk about it. I understand why you are asking. It’s not like ‘very good, seven minutes to go, we start winning now’. That’s not what we are.”

It’ll be wonderful if Klopp acknowledging the team’s ugly habit of inducing mini heart attacks in their fans means things are going to change, but just in case it doesn’t, we should probably all invest in a paper bag to breathe into for the rest of the season. And be cheered on by just how convinced Pep is at our inevitable victory.

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