Pep Guardiola rates chances of Man City catching Liverpool in Premier League title race

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    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits the Premier League title race is now finished as he doesn’t expect his team to catch up to high-flying Liverpool “for many reasons”. The Reds are marching towards their first title in 30 years as they are still undefeated in the league with 14 points separating them from City and second place while also having a game in hand. Guardiola admits that it is practically impossible for City to come back and overthrow Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have only dropped two points all season and basically ended any hopes of a title challenge after their 1-0 win over Tottenham away on Saturday. The Spaniard believes there are many reasons why the reigning champions will fail to return to the top this season and only concentrates on second place as well as Champions League qualification. Guardiola said: "Chasing down Liverpool? Forget about it. We would have liked to fight against them, but we could not. For many reasons, we could not. "Tonight we go to sleep, finally after a long time, second in the table, and we are close to qualifying for the Champions League next season." JUST IN: Arsenal face January transfer dilemma as rival interest emerges for Mikel Arteta target City finally returned to second place after a dominant 6-1 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday following Leicester’s 2-1 loss to Southampton. The Citizens ran roughshod on Villa with Sergio Augero’s record-breaking 12th Premier League hat trick, Riyad Mahrez’s brace and Gabriel Jesus’ strike - Anwar El Ghazi scored a consolation goal for the home side during stoppage time. Guardiola praised his side after their impressive victory but was particularly impressed with Augero’s performance as he became the most prolific hat-trick scorer in Premier League history having overtaken Alan Shearer. DON'T MISS Man Utd chief Ed Woodward's £20m transfer blunder uncovered as Real Madrid close on deal Tottenham exploring Bruno Fernandes swap deal offer to hijack Man Utd's £65m transfer plan Frank Lampard tipped to sell four Chelsea players to solve dressing room problem READ MORE Jurgen Klopp wants Ousmane Dembele with Barca ready to sell at £85m The ex-Barcelona star considers the Argentina international as one of the best strikers he has worked with during his career and believes only Lione Messi can be classed above him. Guardiola added: “I just want to congratulate him. To achieve this record from incredible legends like [Thierry] Henry and Shearer shows that it is not just for a short period [that Agüero has been scoring], not just one or two seasons. It was an honour to be here on the day he achieved that. “The best is Messi. Messi is a No9, a No10, a No11, a No12, a No6, a No5, a No4, whatever. But of the rest [Aguero] is absolutely one of the best.” Villa boss Dean Smith believes his side showed “too much respect” to City but doesn’t expect this match to define his team’s entire season. Trending READ MORE Martin Tyler slammed for ‘celebrating’ R

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