Pep Guardiola pays tribute to title-winning Liverpool’s incredible season. City manager believes his team were not consistent enough.
City fell to an eighth league defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge after a penalty from Willian secured a 2-1 victory for Chelsea after Christian Pulisic had opened the scoring in the first half.
Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick briefly ignited hopes that the visitors could keep the title race alive but Fernandinho’s dismissal for a deliberate handball finally ended their resistance in the second half.
Guardiola congratulated Liverpool on their title but admitted his side have lacked consistency over the course of the season.
“They have played an incredible season,” he said. “We are not consistent like the previous seasons. I think we arrive after four trophies in one season thinking: We have time, we have time.”
“But Liverpool won the Champions League and it gave them an incredible confidence. The fact that they had gone 30 years without winning the Premier League gave them incredible focus. They played every game like it was the last game.”
“In the beginning we didn’t play in that way and when they took that advantage of course the pressure on us was bigger.”