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Aguero's season could be over after his injury setback, says Guardiola

Aguero's season could be over after his injury setback, says Guardiola

Having lost 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool at Anfield, no sooner had Pep Guardiola's European ambitions taken a battering than his team lost 3-2 to Manchester United in a game which could have seen them tie up the league title.

Where City face Tottenham (A), Swansea (H), West Ham (A), Huddersfield (H), Brighton (H) and Southampton (A) - with an average league position of 13th - United are set to come up against West Brom (H), Bournemouth (A), Arsenal (H), Brighton (A), West Ham (A) and Watford (H).

The result narrowed the gap to at the top to still what looks like an unassailable 13 point lead, but having also now lost three games in a week (two to Liverpool in the Champions League and and the Manchester Derby), Pep Guardiola is refusing to rule out an end of season collapse, and has used examples from Spanish football and the National Basketball Association to prove his point.

"So of course it can happen, no doubts about that", Guardiola said.

"He was injured before the [Liverpool] game but made a huge effort to help us for 10 to 15 minutes", Guardiola said.

"They are magnificent players and I'm sad - we all are sad - because we are out of the Champions League, but I have to judge the way we did it". In one week we lost three games, that happened. With a ten point lead over Chelsea in fifth, a game in hand against Liverpool, and a favorable run-in, they don't NEED to beat City to qualify for the Champions League next season. We handled the pressure between the good and bad moments for the entire season, not just in this period.

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City were two up in the Manchester derby before Paul Pogba inspired a United comeback, scoring twice in the second half of their 3-2 win.

When City won their first Premier League title in 2012, they pulled back an eight-point deficit with only six games left, and Guardiola said: "Of course it can happen, I assure you". The players know that, I don't need to tell them.

City were 4-1 winners when the sides last met back in December, and although fourth-placed Spurs are the form team heading into this one, you have to go all the way back to August 2006 to find the last time the Citizens suffered four consecutive losses. After losing to United, how we played against Liverpool was top.

"When the opponent is good, we will congratulate our opponents on beating us, and after learn from that for the next game".

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists that his side cannot celebrate winning the title just yet as rivals Manchester United could still catch them at the top.

Nonetheless, Guardiola hopes City will handle the pressure. "We have to do it from tomorrow", Guardiola added. It's not unusual for a team to win a lot of a games and when they lose people ask "what happened?" Of course it is tough but it is tough for everybody in the Premier League.


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