BBC pundit Danny Murphy believes Manchester City now can’t afford any more slip-ups in the title race after dropping more points against Newcastle yesterday.
The 2-2 draw at St James’ Park means the Citizens are now 11 points behind Liverpool at the top of the table, and Murphy thinks a winning streak of ten games or more is required to get back in with a chance of finishing top:
“It’s not done yet. But it is close. City have to go on that run now and it has to be a run of 10 to 15 games if they have any hope of retaining the title. Another slip and a win for Liverpool and it might, just might, be all over.”
All is not lost for City. Liverpool have a run of ten fixtures in December, and with travel to the Club World Cup in Qatar also taken into consideration, the fatigue factor could see them drop points.
However, as Murphy says, it depends on Pep Guardiola‘s side putting a run of results together over the festive period to put pressure on the Reds.
With their defensive weaknesses at the back, that may not be possible, but this team has shown true grit and determination before, and you wouldn’t put it past them to get back into the race, even from so far back.