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Tanya Simon
December 10, 2019

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City "might not be able to compete" with the best teams in Europe and have to "accept that reality". The derby loss meant, the defending champions now trail the table leaders, Liverpool, by 14 points.

With Marcus Rashford having already matched his total tally of league goals from last season and Anthony Martial having netted what proved to be the victor against City, Maguire believes United's frontline has the quality to push them towards Champions League qualification.

Goals from Sheffield United full-backs Enda Stevens and George Baldock in the 49th and 52nd minutes helped the Blades stage a quick-fire comeback to beat Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road and retain their unbeaten record away from home.

He explained, "That is the level we face against Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus". Then I've really got to work with them because when I played that's how we won the league.

"Maybe we need to live that as a club to improve, to accept the reality now and improve.", he further added, putting more emphasis on how his side must work harder to only get better.

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Guardiola further admitted that lagging behind by 14 points is a worry and a reality that they have to accept in order to move forward.

"The reality is we're 14 points behind for the mistakes we have done, for the quality of our opponents and especially, the things we can not control", he went on.

United will be back in Europa League action on Thursday against AZ Alkmaar, before then playing host to Everton in the Premier League and Colchester in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

"We came from the same place and we all go to the same place when it's all said and done". We're at the beginning of December and we have other competitions to play and other games to fight in. Let's take a look at the wins against Man City, Chelsea and Leicester and compare them to defeats against West Ham, Bournemouth and Aston Villa.

"That's up to me, to make sure that for every single game they know they have to earn the right to win a game of football".

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