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Pep admits Man City face battle to qualify for Champions League after Chelsea defeat

Date Posted,April 5, 2017

Pep Guardiola has warned his players they face a fight to finish in the Champions League places.

Manchester City boss Guardiola claimed his side deserved to beat Chelsea but saw them slip up again after also being held at Arsenal.

Guardiola said: “Today the Premier League has gone. Now we have to think about qualifying for the Champions League and finishing in the top four.

“We face a battle to qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham is still there but for us the title has gone.”

Guardiola insisted his players deserved to win at Chelsea and claimed he was proud of their performance.

Guardiola and Antonio Conte (Photo: Mike Hewitt)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (Photo: PA)

But Guardiola challenged his players to come back stronger next season and learn from their mistakes.

Guardiola said: “We created enough, more than them, to win the game. Of course the last five or 10 minutes the game was more open, but we pressed really well, high pressing, and won the ball many times. They scored and won.

“Absolutely (we deserved to win). But they got six points against us, and we got zero. Football is about results.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts (Photo: PA)

“But the way we played… I was happier today with the way we played compared to Arsenal, and we got a point less. I don’t want to see the way we played against Arsenal again.

“The onus is on us to go for the game so we can say we did absolutely everything, working to win it.

“We played against a team of Hazard, Diego Costa, Fabregas, Willian… Willian is not even in their first XI. But the way we played I’m so satisfied. I’m a lucky guy to be here with them.

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