PEP GUARDIOLA insisted in his 2014 book that league titles are lost in the first eight games – a comment that has come back to haunt him.
Champions City are EIGHT points behind league leaders Liverpool after as many games.
4 According to Pep Guardiola's 2014 comments City have already handed the title to their rivalsCredit: PA:Press Association
And according to Guardiola his side have already handed the title to their rivals.
In his 2014 book “Pep Confidential” the former Barcelona manager said: “League titles are won in the final eight games, but they are lost in the first eight games.”
City were stunned on Sunday after Wolves secured a famous win at the Etihad, thanks to a late Adama Traore double.
It capped a miserable weekend for Pep’s men, who saw rivals Liverpool snatch a late winner against Leicester the day before after James Milner converted a contentious penalty.
Jurgen Klopp’s side maintained their 100 per cent win record, while City have already lost twice – with Sunday’s shock result following a 3-2 defeat at Norwich last month.
4 Guardiola said in his 2014 book league titles are won in the first eight games
Guardiola felt his “nervous” champions had flopped for the first time this term after their leaky defence cost them once again.
The fuming City boss said: “It was a bad day. The previous games were quite good — even when we lost at Norwich — but this was a day when we were not at our level.
We started quite well but got a bit nervous. Sometimes it happens. The distance is big. It’s a lot of points, I know that.
“Liverpool are not dropping points. But we are in October, there are still a lot of games.
“I know these guys — they are still incredible.
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“It’s better not to think too much about the table. Look to the international break and then go on to the next game.
“When you win games, that’s when you think about the other team.
“We lost to a good team, really well organised, so strong in the air and so fast on the counter-attack.”