Pep Guardiola isn’t worried if Manchester City don’t win any titles this season having started the campaign in rather underwhelming fashion.
Following last weekend’s shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City, Guardiola’s men find themselves trailing leaders Liverpool by five points already.
It’s left City with a big task on their hands to catch the European champions, who have won all five of their Premier League games. However, they did claw back a seven-point deficit in January to win a second consecutive title last term.
So, there is no reason to believe that the Citizens cannot go all way again despite the Aymeric Laporte and John Stones injury blows.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of City’s clash with Watford on Saturday, however, Guardiola attempted to cool expectations.
“I’m going to tell you something,” said the City coach.
“We are not going to win the next 10 Premier Leagues in a row, not even the next one or the next four or five in a row, that is impossible, that is not going to happen.
“I’m not concerned about that, I am concerned for every single game to be close, close to who we are and our strong points, of which we have many, but you know if the people believe what Norwich has done, if they do it every time, they will beat us, so we will see if we can find a solution to it.
“With football, having the same players and what we did last season, maybe that won’t work this season. One more year and different personal problems, maybe manager personal problems, everything influences the team.
“One little detail can have a big impact on the performance of the team and on players, so that’s why it can happen. It is part of the process to lose games, it’s a normality, it happens.
“The exceptions are what we have done two seasons ago and what Liverpool and Man City did last season, that is an exception, but the team will lose games.
“The problem is, know the reason why, or if you have figured out the reason why, try to find a solution for the next ones, so I’m not really concerned if we don’t win any titles this year.
“I want to win again as much as possible with titles, but it’s a different approach when I see my life, see my career, my profession, around the games like the people expect.
“So, when you hear ‘they are invincible’, ‘they are the best team in the universe’, or whatever, it seems bad, it’s not true.”
Guardiola also labelled Liverpool as the strongest opponents he’s ever faced throughout his entire coaching career.
The City and Watford match starts at 16:00 (CET).