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Guardiola sets Man City players a challenge ahead of Liverpool game

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Guardiola believes Man City cannot afford to drop any more points

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes that his team cannot afford to drop any more points before they play host to Liverpool on the 3rd of January. The Citizens have slipped to second in the standings with losses against Chelsea and Crystal Palace in quick succession.

The game on the 3rd of January was always going to go a long way in deciding the fate of the Premier League title but as things stand, it is a game that the defending champions just cannot afford to lose.

City’s shock 3- defeat at the hands of Palace last week sent Liverpool 4 points clear at the top and the defending champions have some catch up to do if they are to reclaim their top spot.

However, it is not just the head-to-head clash that will decide the fate of the title and City will be under pressure to get maximum returns from their trips to Leicester City and Southampton before the end of the year.

“We’re going to Leicester needing to win,” Guardiola said.

“Last season we dropped points and immediately won again. That’s what we have to do. We have two games away before New Year and we have to do that. When we win I insist they are calm and now it is the same.

“We lose a game, it happens, and focus on the next one.

“I saw them after the game and they are upset, sad – that’s normal.

“There aren’t many teams in the world that are happy when they don’t win the games. We have to see how our character is. We have shown many times that we react well and we’re going to try again.

“It’s always tough to win at Leicester, then Southampton. We’ll see what happens.”

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