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Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester United can still catch Manchester City'

14 April 2018, 01:47 | Stacy Ballard

Pep Guardiola: 'Manchester United can still catch Manchester City'

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates with Kevin De Bruyne left and David Silva right after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London En

Aguero suffered a knee problem that kept him out for a month before he managed two second-half substitute appearances in City's last two defeats - to Manchester United and Liverpool in the Champions League.

The result narrowed the gap to at the top to still what looks like an unassailable 13 point lead, but having also now lost three games in a week (two to Liverpool in the Champions League and and the Manchester Derby), Pep Guardiola is refusing to rule out an end of season collapse, and has used examples from Spanish football and the National Basketball Association to prove his point.

Now Guardiola can not say for certain when City's all-time leading scorer will be available again. "That has happened. We have to try to focus on our games".

"The pundits in November, they said it was already done - it was impossible that City, if they hadn't lost in six months, it's impossible for them to drop points", he said. And a couple of years ago the Cavaliers won three games in a row to recover from 3-1 down - something that had never happened before in the National Basketball Association finals - and beat the Warriors 4-3. "But it doesn't depend on the United result, it's in our hands, it's up to us to win our games, and we are able to win two games". We handled the pressure between the good and bad moments for the entire season, not just in this period.

There were encouraging signs in the 3-2 defeat to Arsenal last Sunday and it was good to see Shane Long on the scoresheet for just the second time this season, but Mark Hughes' side still came away empty-handed and time is running out to pull off a great escape. We have to handle that. "We have to win two, or win one and draw two, and tomorrow we're going to start to do it the way we do it".

When City won their first Premier League title in 2012, they pulled back an eight-point deficit with only six games left, and Guardiola said: "Of course it can happen, I assure you". Real Madrid, years ago, lost five games in a row and didn't win the league.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates with Kevin De Bruyne right and David Silva after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London England

"It can happen, no doubt about that. I don't know about Swansea if he will be ready, so hopefully for the last games if we need him and then for the World Cup". Cleveland Cavaliers won against Golden State Warriors 4-3. "Congratulations to the opponents if they beat us".

Guardiola is facing a selection headache for the Tottenham game, with the Spaniard saying he has 14 available players "plus the kids".

Meanwhile, Guardiola revealed that City had backed the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) despite it being rejected by the Premier League.

In the albeit highly unlikely scenario that City implode spectacularly in the coming weeks, here's what would have to happen for them to fail to win the Premier League.

"The problem is we shot three shots on target against Liverpool at home, that is the problem".

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