Pep Guardiola has revealed that his players are now doubting their ability to retain the Premier League title this season after suffering a second consecutive defeat and third in their last four games.
The Citizens have slipped further down the table to third after being leapfrogged by Tottenham Hotspur, and are now 7 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Man City raced into the lead on the day through Bernardo Silva but were pegged back by goals from Marc Albrighton and Ricardo Pereira.
Before the game, City had suffered defeats at the hands of Chelsea and shockingly Crystal Palace. Therefore, Pep Guardiola has admitted that his players are beginning to doubt their title aspiration credentials.
“Now there will be doubts, and what you have to do is try to change the dynamic to winning and put in a good performance,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“I don’t forget who we are, how good we are, how exceptional the lads are in the locker rooms.
“The fact is we lost three in four, and the last two, and if you want to be real contenders we have to win again.”
Guardiola also added that the current top 2 were peaking at the best possible time while his side’s great form is diminishing.
“They are better than us in that moment, you have to accept it, and it’s important to accept where we are, and they are improving”
“The reality is there are two or three teams better than us. We’re not talking about whether we can take Liverpool or get to Liverpool or whatever, the issue is about winning another game, and thinking in ourselves about how we can improve.”