Man City manager Pep Guardiola has refused to concede the Premier League title to Liverpool after suffering a shock 2:1 Premier League defeat against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Tuesday night, giving Liverpool further room to extend the points difference if they beat Leicester at Anfield on Wednesday.
The 80th-minute penalty converted by Matt Ritchie was enough to seal all three points for the Magpies having gone behind in the early seconds of the game through a goal from Sergio Aguero.
Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle are currently 5 points clear from the relegation spot, but same can’t be said for Man City in their title aspirations.
Guardiola said: “We are in January and there’s a lot of time. But of course, when you are behind the leader, you don’t have to drop points because you help them and of course, every game is one less.
“But we are in January, so we have a lot of titles and games still to play.”
The result was a shock one as folks would have expected the Magpies to be taken to the cleaners after going a goal down very early, barely 25 seconds into the game. However, it was not the case.
Newcastle were resilient and made Man City pay for not making their dominance pay off after scoring the opener. Salomon Rondon came to the rescue with the equalizer in 66 minutes before indecision from Fernandinho gifted the Magpies a penalty after the Brazilian fouled Sean Longstaff in the box.
The ensuing penalty was converted by Matt Ritchie, and Pep Guardiola and his men were being dealt a sucker punch which was eventually the case after the final whistle went off.