Monday, September 16, 2019

Pep Guardiola's defending champions are already five points off the pace, but they recovered from a similar position in 2018-19 to claim the crown

Kevin De Bruyne has reminded those writing Manchester City off that they fell seven points off the pace last season before staging a stirring fightback to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title.

De Bruyne says it is far too early to be making such bold predictions, with City having shown in the past that they have the stomach for a fight when major silverware is on the line.

The Belgium international midfielder said in the wake of a stunning reversal at Carrow Road: “Last season we were seven points behind – it happens.

“Of course we want to win every game but it is difficult.

“You have to respect the other team and when they do well. They do well and that is it.

“It will be tough, the next seven months, like last year. It never stops. It is our job and sometimes it is hard but you have to take it on the chin.

“We lost four games out of 38 last season and that is a good record. We can still win this season with the same points at the end of this season.”

De Bruyne added: “We've got so many games going on so sometimes he [Guardiola] is going to make a change for whatever reason, you just have to take it and then if you can help the team...

“You know there's no point in saying I'm on the bench so we lost - that's not the reason.

“You know it’s going to be a difficult task at 3-1. I tried to help the team but it wasn't enough.

"I think we put a little pressure on them but I think they defended really well so in the end we scored too late.”


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