Former City Midfielder Gordon Smith believes Man City would have got more out of yesterday’s clash had more been riding on the result.
Pep Guardiola’s side now find themselves 22 points behind runaway league leaders Liverpool, producing the biggest ever points gap between 1st and 2nd in Premier League history.
In his post match press conference yesterday evening, Guardiola conceded for the first time that the title race is all but finished as Liverpool could have the title wrapped up as early as the 7th March.
Motivation for City players could be hitting dangerously low levels as they realise a third title under Guardiola is now out of reach.
Former City midfielder Gordon Smith thinks that could be the case as he revealed to Love Sport’s Breakfast show.
“If they were really still fighting for the title and it was close, Guardiola and his team would get a result. They’ve got crucial games coming up.”
The former City player agreed with Pep that this season’s title bid is over; “The thing about City is they will know themselves Liverpool are unstoppable. It’s not over mathematically but there’s no chance anyone is catching Liverpool.”
Smith thinks Pep’s side must now turn their attention to other competitions, as the shadow of the upcoming clash with Real Madrid looms large.
“They have Real Madrid in the Champions League and I think that will be a big test for them, I know that’s what they will want to concentrate on this year.”
“They’ve got Aston Villa to play in the League Cup final and they are still in the FA Cup as well, but the cups don’t mean as much to the bigger clubs now as they did in the past, they are more concerned with trying to get Champions League positions.”
“From City’s perspective they’ll be aiming to get to the Final of that this year and win the Champions League. They have to concentrate on other areas as they can’t win the league.”
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