Pep Guardiola insisted the Premier League title race is far from over regardless of Manchester City heading into the brand new 12 months eight factors clear on the high.
Phil Foden’s first-half purpose was sufficient for City to safe a 1-0 win at Brentford and tighten their grip on high spot after slip-ups by Liverpool and Chelsea.
Guardiola’s reigning champions have now received 10 matches in a row, however the City boss stated: “We received the sport, we’re on a superb run, nevertheless it’s the tip of December.
“There are many video games to go. We are eight factors in entrance however there are 54 nonetheless to play for and plenty of robust video games nonetheless to play.
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“I’m not going to consider anybody who says it is already completed. The groups we’ve with Chelsea and Liverpool are greater than distinctive.
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“We have the distance not because they dropped points but because we won 10 in a row. But there are 54 points still to play for.”
Guardiola praised Phil Foden as the midfielder made a match-winning return to the Manchester City beginning XI in opposition to Brentford following an off-field discretion
The profitable purpose arrived within the sixteenth minute, Kevin De Bruyne whipping in a first-time cross from the appropriate which Foden expertly guided residence together with his in-step.
Foden and Jack Grealish had been benched for City’s wins over Newcastle and Leicester after they had been pictured on an evening out following the 7-0 residence win over Leeds.
But the England pair had been again within the beginning line-up and it was Foden who dazzled.
Robert Earnshaw says Manchester City are a ‘runaway prepare’ and thinks it is going to be robust for any of the Premier League title challengers to catch them.
Guardiola added: “Phil has always been outstanding. He’s a guy who can play in different positions at an exceptional level.
“We had no doubts about that. Did he have something to show? Absolutely not.”
City could, and probably should, have scored more after the break. Less than a minute into the second half, Foden almost had another, his glancing header from another De Bruyne cross flying wide of the far post.
Foden and Aymeric Laporte both had the ball in the net but were pulled up for offside, while De Bruyne hit the near post with a skidding effort from the edge of the area.
But it was far from one-way traffic with Brentford seeing Yoane Wissa’s shot cleared off the line by Joao Cancelo, with Guardiola conceding: “Every time they put the ball within the field, they’re so good.
Thomas Frank says Brentford produced a ‘defensive masterclass’ within the first half, with simply Phil Foden’s match-winning purpose proving decisive for Manchester City
“Just look at the results Brentford have done this season. It has been so tight. They are exceptional at what they do and that’s why the game we played was perfect today.”
Brentford’s efficiency was all of the extra spectacular given they had been with out 11 first-team gamers, and boss Thomas Frank stated: “It was an incredible, unbelievable, fantastic performance, especially in the first half.
“We had been taking part in in opposition to the very best crew in Europe. We all know City are unbelievable offensively, however they’ve their moments when they’re in kind and never in kind – and we bought them on the high of their kind.
“We gave one chance away in 45 minutes and created three opportunities. Unfortunately, we lacked a cutting edge in the second half.
“But I’m extremely proud and thought we deserved a minimum of a degree.”
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