28 December, 2018
"Seven points to Liverpool is starting to be a lot, we are not in a good moment, but tomorrow is another day". John Stones played in the holding role against Palace before dropping back into defence with City 3-1 down and chasing a game they eventually lost 3-2. "Today we finished the [first] leg of the season, we have an incredible amount of points". "In a normal situation we are fighting to be champions".
A second successive league loss over the festive period has left the Blues trailing leaders Liverpool by seven points with a resurgent Spurs, who leapfrogged us into second place, also challenging.
"But last season, while there were many teams that did well, we were fantastic". The reality is there are two or three teams better than us. However the extent to which Benitez's men "cracked up" is often exaggerated - it took an 11-game winning streak by Manchester United to break Liverpool.
City have a chance to close in on the leaders when they play Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on January 3 but first they travel to Southampton in four days' time to face a side who have improved significantly under new boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
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Manchester City's shocking collapse has seen them lose three games in four - leaving them third behind Tottenham. I have to reflect and think about what the team needs and how to help them.
"I thought it was because of us!" "I don't forget who we are, how good we are, how exceptional the lads are in the locker rooms". Except five to 10 minutes at the end of the first half [we played well], the second half was no big issue.
The Frenchman's return to fitness and form in the early weeks of the season promised to give City an extra dimension to their attacking play, but he has been sidelined again since early November. "It's quite similar to Stamford Bridge".
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Sanchez, who joined the Red Devils last January, has flopped since his move from Arsenal and is now sidelined with an injury. You look at his performance levels and the style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times .
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How Liverpool left Man United trailing in their wake
We are nearly halfway through December and are just a little more than a couple of weeks away from the January transfer window. As for United , they are now 16 points away from Liverpool and underlines their poor start to the season under Jose Mourinho .