Brentford 0-1 Manchester City: Is the Premier League title race over? As City go eight points clear
Pep Guardiola says the Premier League title race is far from over despite Wednesday’s win over Brentford seeing Man City go eight points clear.
Manchester City sits at the top of the table with its wide margin after Chelsea drew 1-1 to Brighton earlier in the day and Liverpool lost 1-0 to Leicester on Tuesday.
Man City star Phil Foden snatched his fifth goal of the season in the first half of the game after he effortlessly tapped in Kevin de Bruyne’s whipped ball.
The win marks the 10th win in a row for City and leaves them in a great position as they see out the rest of 2021.
But Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not ready to start the celebrations.
“There are 54 points to play for,” Guardiola said.
“All of you, thank you for your nice words because we win but I am not going to believe any words you say about it is already done or expected because Chelsea and Liverpool are more than exceptional. One is champions of Europe and the other has been our big rivals over the years.
“The distance is not because they drop points but because we win 10 games in a row.”
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 29, 2021
Premier League title race over?
What looked like a title race between three top premier league clubs at the start of December, now has City firmly out in the front after an incredible run of form – whilst Liverpool and Chelsea have recently faltered.
Manchester City have won every Premier League match they’ve played in December, netting a whopping 24 goals in the process and conceding just five.
Only five times before has there been a gap of at least eight points at the top of the Premier League table at the end of the year and on each of those occasions the club at the top has gone on to win the title.
But former footballer Chris Sutton says not to write Liverpool and Chelsea off just yet.
“I wouldn’t write Liverpool and Chelsea off just yet” Chris Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 live.
“Liverpool have been on extraordinary runs but the standard City are setting is phenomenal.”
Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha added: “It’s not game over, but it’s pretty significant. City would need to have a mini calamity between now and the end of the season.
“Four or five weeks ago, it felt like Chelsea were on top, but all of a sudden Chelsea and Liverpool have had a little bit of a dip and City are looking pretty good.”
Alan Shearer believes if City win their next two games – away to Arsenal on Saturday and at home to Chelsea on 15 January – then the title race will be over.
“The impressive thing is the number of goals they are scoring,” he said on Amazon Prime.
“But other than [the 6-3 win over] Leicester on Boxing Day, they are hardly conceding too, which is going to make it really difficult for Chelsea and Liverpool to get back into the race, particularly if you look at City’s next two games then [if they win] it is pretty much over.”
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