Even though Liverpool were not at their best against Crystal Palace, they still managed to grind out all 3 points from Selhurst Park, emerging victorious. Later the same day, The reigning champions beat Chelsea 2-1 later in the evening to climb into third place, but they remain nine points behind Liverpool in the race for the title.
And Guardiola acknowledges that his team faces an uphill struggle to overhaul Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
“Liverpool look unstoppable,” he said. “I know it’s far away with these numbers. My teams always try but we accept other teams can be better.
“So we may lose the Premier League, but we are going to try the next season. It is not the first time Manchester City in 100 years of history, will lose the league. If we do not do it, I am not going to retire but I am going to be disappointed.”
City fell behind to an N’Golo Kante goal midway through the first half on Saturday, but strikes from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez turned the game around at the Etihad Stadium.
But it was Fernandinho, a midfielder by trade who was again deployed at center-back against Chelsea due to City’s defensive injuries, who earned special praise from his manager.
“He can play there,” said Guardiola. “He was incredible at Anfield [a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool before the international break]. He was incredible today. I like Fernandinho in that position, with the problems that we have.”
City will qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League if they do not lose in a home clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.