Guardiola on title race: ‘We will see what happens’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is still optimistic on the Premier League title race despite his side dropping points after drawing 0-0 with Arsenal.

City dominated for large periods of the match, but much like their visitors, were unable to penetrate the opposition defence, as they failed to score a league goal at home for the first time since October 2021.

Despite dropping slightly further away in the title race, Guardiola believed a draw was a fair result between two of the top three, with neither side making sizeable inroads on each other.

“We take the point. We tried, we didn’t create much, they didn’t create much,” Guardiola said. 

“The defence so compact and we cannot regain the balls high pressing because there’s long balls, second balls and they’re really good with Havertz and all the physicality they have. 

“When Rico came in, they were in that side. They had one or two chances in transitions, especially when we lose one or two balls, but it was a tight game, we were who we are. Maybe we miss a little bit in the final third but it isn’t easy.”

The Catalan also gave an update on the injury situation facing his club, as well as staying positive on the title race after losing ground to new leaders Liverpool.

“John will be back soon. Kyle will be longer. Now Nathan will be longer. What happened with Kyle and especially John I said ‘OK’. I don’t know what’s going to happen this month. Adapt. And Rico played exceptionally well and we have other guys. With the guys we have we will do it.

“Liverpool are first. But there are still nine games and we will see what happens.”

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