Pep Insists Gap Too Big As City Move Within 8 Points

Monday night Manchester City closed the gap with Chelsea to eight points following their third straight league victory at Bournemouth, but Pep Guardiola still thinks the gap is too big for them to be title winners.

After a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero helped cement City’s win. Sterling broke the deadlock on 29 minutes with his sixth goal of the season, fourth against Bournemouth.

Sergio Aguero came off the bench for an injured Gabriel Jesus and was involved in the second goal in the 69th minute that Tyrone Mings put into his own net to secure the 2-0 victory.

Jesus’ injury is not good news for Pep who will be praying there is not too much serious damage to the 19-year-old’s foot, after he appeared to sustain a knock during an earlier challenge.

“The gap is still so long, so you do not expect them [Chelsea] to lose games and it is so, so difficult to win all the games,” he told Sky Sports.

“So the gap is too, too big. Yesterday they did not win, but they played so solid, so it is so difficult to create chances.

“So the important thing is to focus, from the last month and a half we have talked about that – just focus on our game, game by game, and improve our performance.

“And my feeling is that in the last games, our performance is much, much, much better. The only regret today is we created so many chances and it is so important to score goals. But in general I am so, so happy for the performance.”

Next up for City are clashes against Huddersfield Town and Monaco in the FA Cup and Champions League ties, with their next league fixture at Sunderland on March 5th.