Alan Shearer has dismissed Manchester City’s chances of retaining the Premier League title after falling 14 points behind Liverpool at the top of the table.
Their 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United means the Citizens need Jurgen Klopp’s men to lose five times in order to overhaul them, and Shearer doesn’t think that is a realistic scenario:
“They are 14 points behind Liverpool and after the manner of their defeat to Manchester United, I think that’s it for them. Jurgen Klopp’s side have not lost in the league for 33 games, stretching back to January, so they would have to lose five of the remaining 22 for City to have a chance- and that’s not going to happen.”
Considering Liverpool have lost just once in the league since the beginning of the 2018/19 season, it really is a tall order for Pep Guardiola’s side.
You should never completely rule out City as they are capable of going on long winning streaks, but it would now need a blow-up of sizeable proportions in order for them to get back into the title race.
Guardiola has already said as much in his interview after the surprise loss to United on Saturday evening. The focus this season may now turn to securing that elusive first Champions League trophy.