Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has not given up on winning the Premier League title this season, despite Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur leaving his side nine points behind Chelsea having played a game more.
Guardiola appeared to rule City out of the title race following the 4-0 defeat against Everton but denied that following a game in which his players gave up a two-goal lead to draw.
“I didn’t say that,” he said. “My answer was they [the media] said we have been ruled out of fighting for the trophy.
“But I’m never going to give up … ever. It’s going to be difficult, of course, but I’m not worried about that now.”
Guardiola also moved to play down expectations surrounding new arrival Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, who scored City’s opener against Spurs.
“He has his talent,” Guardiola said of Gabriel Jesus. “But alone he cannot do that [solve City’s scoring trouble] so we have to involve a lot.
“Over the season we have to score goals and we have to create the chances to score goals. We tried to create and when we created, we didn’t score and when that happens, it’s impossible to win the game.
“The crowd is always excited for the new players.”
And of Sane he added: “I’m so happy for the performance of Leroy. He arrived as a young player, 19 or 20 years old, and everybody expects [performances].
“It’s not easy to come here and to play. He arrived injured, but for the last 10 days in the training sessions that guy looks different.
“I encourage him to keep going because he has special qualities for us and he made a good performance.
“To be able to look at him a little bit more, we will be more dangerous, I’m so happy for him.”