Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insisted the reigning Premier League champions can only retain their title if they “win games, win games, win games” after being held to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle.
City led twice at St James’ Park but eventually had to make do with a point after Jonjo Shelvey curled home a superb 87th-minute equaliser to clinch a 2-2 draw for the Magpies.
That left Guardiola’s men 11 points adrift of leaders Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 2-1 win at home to Brighton, but asked if an 11-point gap would be too big to bridge, he replied: “It’s not time.
“We have another opponent in front of us, so we now have to try to win games, win games and see what happens.
“I said yesterday at the press conference that it’s not a good idea to think about the Premier League or think how many points. We have to win games, win games, win games, and when you don’t win, it will be more difficult.”
“I feel we did everything to win the game and the guys responded perfectly, so that is the truth.
“I think we played at a good, good level in all terms, defending and set-pieces and everything. We moved the ball well, we found spaces outside especially with the players inside, and we arrived in front of goal many, many times.