PEP GUARDIOLA insists the highway to the Premier League title will probably be hard and long after Liverpool ended Manchester City’s unbeaten start.
The Spaniard stayed calm as he claimed defeat was once “absolutely normal” – particularly as he believes his workforce is nonetheless younger in some key positions.
Guardiola instructed the BBC: “People requested if the entirety was once over and completed prior to Christmas and now it’s January and it’s not.
“We have a large number of video games to win to be Champions and can take a look at for the subsequent sport towards Newcastle.
“We have to be informed. We have a tender workforce in lots of puts.
“We have a lot of games and hopefully we can stay fit in the schedule of games every three days.”
Leroy Sane’s near-post thumper cancelled out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s tremendous early opener for the Reds.
But Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah put Liverpool Four-1 up with 3 objectives in 8 mins from a mix of devastating completing and dodgy protecting.
Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan sparked tremors from Reds boss Jurgen Klopp by way of pouncing in the ultimate six mins.
And, even though town overlooked out on a leveller, Guardiola claims he’ll take middle from their angle.
He added: “Congratulations to Liverpool for their performance. We knew what a good team they are.”
“We had been not exact with the ball and began with issues however we recovered as smartly.
“Then we conceded a objective after which we misplaced a little of keep an eye on. We had been not as strong. Then after that it was once tough as we conceded too many objectives in 5 or 10 mins.
“We attempted and now we get well.
“We conceded a objective from Firmino after we had been the higher facet however they are able to punish you when you are making a mistake.
“They have the quality to run and make fast counter attacks.”
And of City’s unexpected fightback, Guardiola stated: “Yes it’s a just right factor.
“We’ve gained a large number of video games in the ultimate minute however to concede 4 objectives is not just right.
“You must reside this kind of state of affairs right through a season.
“I’ve gained a large number of titles and at all times I’ve dropped issues and misplaced video games. It’s customary.
“Every team fights for the Champions League, to win the league or to stay up. But to lose a game is absolutely normal.”