Published: 19:24 | 6/10/19

"Best for us not to think" as Guardiola ponders eight-point gap


MANCHESTER CITY boss Pep Guardiola said it's "better for us not to think" about Liverpool's eight-point lead in the Premier League after suffering a shock 2-0 loss to Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.

An Adama Traore double ensured the Black Country outfit became the first team to win at the champions on league business since Crystal Palace last December and it was their first victory at City since 1979 - in the days of Maine Road.

The defeat leaves Guardiola with some head-scratching to do going into the international break with a tricky trip to Crystal Palace next up.

“It's a lot of points," said the Spaniard. "They have not dropped any points, for many circumstances. But it's better for us not to think that one team is eight points ahead. It was a bad day. But sometimes it happens.

“We started quite well, but after we conceded two situations in our build-up, where it's impossible to defend, we got a little bit nervous.

“We controlled them better in the second half but at the end, with us attacking and people up front, we lost balls in positions where it's so difficult and they were clinical.

“Before that we hit the post and we had actions, but the way we played was not good. It was not a good day, we didn't play good."The visitors thoroughly deserved their shock win blunting City's attacking threat while remaining a constant menace on the break.

Traore was the unlikely hero with his first goals of the season. Both were carbon-copy breakaways using his pace and power to get behind the home rearguard and then coolly slotting the ball wide of Ederson.

Joao Cancelo, making his first league start, lost possession in midfield for the opener and the impressive Raul Jimenez left Nicolas Otamendi in his wake before picking out Traore who struck the ball wide of Ederson into the net.

With City desperately chasing a late leveler, they were once again undone by the Jimenez-Traore combination with the Spaniard racing clear and nestling the ball in the same corner of the net.

In truth, Wolves would have had the points in the bag much earlier if they had taken a trio of first-half chances as City's lack of pace and guile in central defence was exposed.

At the other end, the home side huffed and puffed but rarely opened up a disciplined rearguard with David Silva going closest rattling the bar with a free-kick.

It was a second defeat in four league outings for City following their 3-2 reverse at promoted Norwich and they are already relying on favours from rivals to close the points gap to the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp's chargers will be dreaming of a first league title in 30 years having yet to drop a point while opening up the widest gap ever after just eight matches.

Delighted Wolves boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, said: "When you play against City what you have to think about is how you stop them from playing. This is the beginning of everything.

"The way the players did it? They run like crazy!"

By Russell Stoddart

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