Pep Guardiola insisted the Premier League title race is way from over regardless of Manchester Metropolis heading into the brand new yr eight factors clear on the high.
Phil Foden’s first-half aim was sufficient for Metropolis to safe a 1-0 win at Brentford and tighten their grip on high spot after slip-ups by Liverpool and Chelsea this week.
After Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Brighton, boss Thomas Tuchel mentioned it was “silly” to suppose they may problem for the title.
However Guardiola is having none of that regardless of his Metropolis aspect wrapping up a tenth straight league win: “We received the sport, we’re on a superb run, nevertheless it’s the top of December.
“There are various video games to go. We’re eight factors in entrance however there are 54 nonetheless to play for and lots of robust video games nonetheless to play.
“I’m not going to consider anybody who says it’s already carried out. The groups we now have with Chelsea and Liverpool are greater than distinctive.
“Now we have the space not as a result of they dropped factors however as a result of we received 10 in a row. However there are 54 factors nonetheless to play for.”
The profitable aim arrived within the sixteenth minute, Kevin De Bruyne whipping in a first-time cross from the appropriate which Foden expertly guided dwelling along with his instep.
Foden and Jack Grealish had been benched for Metropolis’s wins over Newcastle and Leicester after they have been pictured on an evening out following the 7-0 dwelling win over Leeds.
However the England pair have been again within the beginning line-up and it was Foden who dazzled.
Guardiola added: “Phil has at all times been excellent. He’s a man who can play in several positions at an distinctive stage.
“We had no doubts about that. Did he have something to show? Completely not.”
Metropolis might, and possibly ought to, have scored extra after the break. Lower than a minute into the second half Foden nearly had one other, his glancing header from one other De Bruyne cross flying large of the far publish.
Foden and Aymeric Laporte each had the ball within the internet however have been pulled up for offside, whereas De Bruyne hit the close to publish with a skidding effort from the sting of the realm.
But it surely was removed from one-way visitors with Brentford seeing Yoane Wissa’s shot cleared off the road by Joao Cancelo, with Guardiola conceding: “Each time they put the ball within the field, they’re so good.
“Simply take a look at the outcomes Brentford have carried out this season. It has been so tight. They’re distinctive at what they do and that’s why the sport we performed was good at present.”
Brentford’s efficiency was all of the extra spectacular given they have been with out 11 first-team gamers, and boss Thomas Frank mentioned: “It was an unbelievable, unbelievable, incredible efficiency, particularly within the first half.
“We have been taking part in towards the very best group in Europe. Everyone knows Metropolis are incredible offensively, however they’ve their moments when they’re in type and never in type – and we obtained them on the high of their type.
“We gave one probability away in 45 minutes and created three alternatives. Sadly we lacked a leading edge within the second half.
“However I’m extremely proud and thought we deserved at the least some extent.”