Pep Guardiola revealed in his post match after his side’s 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth yesterday at the Vitality stadium that the gap between them and the league leaders, Chelsea is far too long and he does not see Chelsea slipping.
The league leaders dropped two points at the Turf Moor against Burnley thus Manchester City win cut the deficit to 8 points with 13 games remaining.
Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports that; “The gap is still so long, so you do not expect them [Chelsea] to lose games and it is so, so difficult to win all the games.” “So the gap is too, too big. Yesterday they did not win, but they played so solid, so it is so difficult to create chances. “So the important thing is to focus, from the last month and a half we have talked about that – just focus on our game, game by game, and improve our performance. “And my feeling is that in the last games, our performance is much, much, much better. The only regret today is we created so many chances and it is so important to score goals. But in general I am so, so happy for the performance.”
The Spaniard praised his players for securing the win and also talked about his team’s chances of securing Champions League qualification, saying; “I know how tough Bournemouth are, except for 10 minutes in the second half when they pushed a lot, we controlled and our build-up was much better. Every player was more in the position and I am so happy for all the players, because they played a really good performance. “We know how the gap between all the teams in so close, the second and the sixth. We started the game in fifth position in the Premier League and now we are second. So that means everybody is there, up and down. “And you know that if you lose a game, you are going to be down and it will be a good battle to qualify for the Champions League.”
The Spaniard reflected on the injury caused to Brazilian, Gabriel Jesus as the 19 year old sensation was subbed for Sergio Aguero in the 22nd minute saying; “Tomorrow morning we will know exactly (about Jesus’ injury), but in that case we were so, so unfortunate.” “Hopefully we are going to pray tonight that it is not going to be a big issue.”