Liverpool still not interested in title talk, says Robertson

Tanya Simon
January 21, 2020

The Manchester City manager says teams are now overburdened by the hectic schedule and has pointed to the recent injuries picked up by Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford as evidence that the relentless workload during the season's winter months is more than players can physically bear. The Carabao Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League are still in play for the Sky Blues, however, and any incoming defensive depth could still help City on those fronts, even if pursuit of the Premier League's first three-peat in over a decade is now a pipe dream.

Asked what could ease the fixture burden, the City boss replied: "Fewer games, fewer competitions, fewer teams". People can live without football for a while.

After a phenomenal start to the season, when he scored 14 goals in his first 16 games, the form of another England forward, Raheem Sterling, appears to have slowed. We have one game a week for a long time and then after we start with two or three in one week.

"It's hard to analyse when they shoot one corner have no more chances and we did many times and unfortunately could not win. It's a little bit odd".

Pep Guardiola is not surprised by Sheffield United's success in the Premier League this season as the Manchester City manager revealed he learns from watching Chris Wilder's side.

England forwards Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford have since suffered injuries. I think the game at United is a good example.

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City have never won Europe's biggest prize and Guardiola has failed to reclaim it at either of the two teams he has managed since leaving Barcelona in 2012.

"You can not play good games in the knockout competitions if you are not running well in the Premier League. The body says stop, it's enough". Any number of games, including games against Aston Villa, Burnley or Chelsea towards the back end of the season could see the Reds crowned champions on home turf.

He said: "Everything is related to the performance, not about the contract we have or what we are". When they play well they can beat anyone.

"The players have given absolutely everything they've got", the United manager said. His standards are continuing quite similar.

Defeat at Manchester City is the only blemish on an otherwise unbeaten record over their last eight, Everton just outside the top half on goal difference and looking upwards over the remainder of the season.

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