Pep Guardiola has refused to give up on Manchester City’s title hopes after a “nervous” 2-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday afternoon
Reigning Premier League holders suffered their second Premier League loss this term as Wolves stormed through the Etihad Stadium thanks to Adama Traore’s brace in the final ten minutes of the encounter.
Although the Citizens controlled the tempo of the match, having plenty of possession, they failed to find the way to breach the visitors’ rock-solid defense that stood firm for the entire 90 minutes.
City’s outstanding 20-game unbeaten run at home has been finally brought to a halt (W19, D1), as Guardiola’s men tasted defeat in a competitive home match for the first time since December 2018.
What’s more, it was only the second time in the last 45 Premier League outings that Manchester City drew a blank. The last time they failed to get on the scoresheet when at home dates back to May 2018, when they were held to a goalless draw by Huddersfield Town.
After the game, the Spaniard has acknowledged that his side endured a hard time against the stubborn Wolves defense, admitting City “had a bad day.”
“It was a bad day, sometimes it happens,” the former Bayern Munich manager said, as transcribed by The Guardian. “We started quite well, and after we conceded two situations in our buildup where it’s impossible to defend, we got a little bit nervous.”
“We controlled them better in the second half, but at the end with us attacking and people upfront, we lost balls in positions [where] it is so difficult, and they were clinical.” “Before that, we hit the post, but the way we played was not good. It was not a good day.”
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A shock defeat allowed Liverpool to extend the gap to eight points, but Guardiola is convinced his players can pull off a comeback just as they did last season.
“It sometimes happens. We spoke about this: ‘Come on guys, a lot of games [still] to play, we did it [last season], and we’re going to do it again.’ We lost to a good team that were really well-organized, good physicality, strong in the air and so fast on the counterattack. We knew it.”
“It is a lot of points. They didn’t drop points [due to] many circumstances.
“I know these guys. Still, they are incredibly involved [committed] and can do it. What happened, happened.
“Most of the teams who won [the Premier League] in the past, the year after, don’t win [unlike City last season].
“Today was the day … not our level. The previous games were good. But the distance is big. I know that. Liverpool is not dropping points. But we are in October, still a lot of games and competition.”