Pep hopes Leicester can beat ‘incredibly strong’ Liverpool

Pep Guardiola is “not optimistic” that even Manchester City can catch Liverpool this season.

Reigning champions City have had their hopes of a third straight Premier League title seemingly dashed by an irresistible Liverpool side.

The Reds are ten points clear atop the table with a game in hand on both Leicester in second, with City a point behind the Foxes in third after beating them 3-1 on Saturday.

Despite sitting behind Leicester, Guardiola is left praying that Brendan Rodgers can do him a favour with “a good performance against Liverpool” on Boxing Day to help close the gap.

“Hopefully Leicester will have a good performance against Liverpool in the next game but before that we’ve got to think about an extremely tough game at Wolves,” Guardiola said.

“But I think it is unrealistic to think we are going to chase down a team who has 60 victories out of 70 games.

“If they lose a few games and we win and win I don’t know what will happen but I’m not optimistic they are going to lose four or five games in 10, 11, 12 games because they are such an incredibly strong team.

“We just have to relax and play how we played against Leicester and try to win our games to secure Champions League qualification next season and after that, you never know.”

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