Liverpool squandered the chance to open up a seven-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race on Wednesday.
The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Leicester, 24 hours after City’s shock defeat to Newcastle.
Optimists will look at it as a point gained. Others will see it as a chance wasted.
Of course, we won’t know the implications of the mid-week’s results, which leave Liverpool with a five point advantage, until the season draws to a close but it’s likely we’ll be looking back on them as a key point in the campaign.
City can close the gap to two points when they host Arsenal on Sunday. Liverpool will take on West Ham in London on Monday.
Yet as fortunate as they were that Liverpool failed to pick up three points against the Foxes, Pep Guardiola knows that City can forget about defending their title if there isn’t an improvement in the current level of performances.
According to the Daily Mail, Guardiola held a 30-minute inquest with his players following the defeat to Newcastle. The Catalan even locked some of his own backroom staff out of the room.
Guardiola's message to his players
And he delivered another message to his players when he spoke to the media on Friday.
“It's much better,” Guardiola said of City's outlook following Liverpool’s draw against Leicester, per the Mail.
“But immediately I'd say, 'How will our level be?' If our level is like the last game, it doesn't matter if (the gap is) five points or two points or one, because we are not going to win.
“You are satisfied for the (Liverpool) result and that's all. We have to improve our game, that's the issue.
'We've done it before and I know we can do it again. If we don't do what we have to do, we will not be contenders until the end.”
Honest words from the 48-year-old.
He’ll be hoping for a reaction from his players when Arsenal visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
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