Manchester City have unassailable lead in Premier League title race, says Jamie Carragher | Football News

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester City cannot be involved in the Premier League title race after Chelsea and Liverpool’s 2-2 draw secured the champions a 10-point lead in 2022.

Sunday’s match at Stamford Bridge offered Chelsea and Liverpool a chance to emerge as main contenders for the City crown, but neither took the opportunity as a thrilling 2-2 draw only strengthened their defense. title of the samples.

Asked if he thought Manchester City could be caught, Carragher said Sky Sports: “No, I think Manchester City will win the championship, I don’t see Liverpool or Chelsea cutting that gap.

“If Liverpool had won [at Chelsea] and he got the two extra points, and if he had won the game against Leeds, as one would expect them to do, the gap from City would be six points, which would be very difficult.

“Once he goes over, and you need three games to catch up on Manchester City, I don’t see him at all.

“Liverpool have been good up front this season, Chelsea have been good defensively, but Manchester City are as good as both of them in those areas and in terms of controlling matches. That’s the big difference.”

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Carragher continued: “How many times has Sir Alex Ferguson talked about being five or six points behind the leader on 1 January, so Manchester United would have a chance for the title? I just feel it has changed now.

“It almost feels like running in as soon as the national team breaks are over in November. When Liverpool lost two points to Tottenham, it shouldn’t have been a bad result, but now it looks like such a big thing because Manchester City are now getting 90, 100 points.

“Teams cannot afford to draw matches, even against big rivals away from home, whereas in the past they could.”

Carra: Because Liverpool won’t win the title

When pressed on Liverpool’s title credentials, Carragher highlighted his former club’s susceptibility to throwing away a lead, as happened at Chelsea, where he gave up a two-goal lead before half-time.

“When you are 2-0 against one of your great rivals, you must be disappointed. I think Liverpool will be really happy with a point in the end, and you can see that in the changes they made in the second half in completing [Sadio] mane e [Diogo] Who.

But that’s why Liverpool won’t win the league this season. Liverpool have taken the lead 17 times this season and so have Manchester City, but City have won every game. Liverpool have only won 12.

What Liverpool is missing now that they have had in the winning season is control of a football match. What we are looking at here today and what we have seen at Tottenham [a 2-2 draw] was Jurgen Klopp in years one and two. These end-to-end games where we’ll sit down and say, “this is the game of the season”.

“That was the best match I’ve seen this season, but in terms of Liverpool’s title win, that’s what it’s going to cost them. Five times now, they’ve taken the lead this season and haven’t won the match. This one. it’s the difference between Liverpool and Man City right now. “

Van Dijk: Man City title to lose

Virgil van Dijk says he will never stop believing Liverpool can win the title, but admitted it could be Manchester City’s title to lose after Sunday’s 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

“For the outside world it was a good game to watch, but we came here for the three points and we didn’t get them.

“They have a fantastic team, too. I have the feeling that at times we were under pressure, but we defended well as a team, we didn’t give great chances. I always had the feeling that we could have scored 3-2 but it’s not it happened”.

Van Dijk added: “It’s never hard to believe. It’s a big gap, them [Manchester City] maybe they have the title to lose, but many things can still happen.

“We have been there before, where we had an advantage and we gave it up, so anything is possible.

“We will focus on ourselves, Chelsea will focus on themselves, and we just have to get results, play good football and win games. It seems easy enough, but it’s tough, as we saw today.”

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Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for his Chelsea side who drew 2-2 against Liverpool but felt that Sadio Mane should have seen red in the first seconds of the match after a challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta

Souness: City the strongest side of English history

Sky Sports expert Graeme Souness pointed out that Liverpool and Chelsea cannot be excluded from the Premier League title race given the stage of the season, but wondered if they had the quality to fight Manchester City.

“I can remind you it’s January 2nd. Surely it’s not over, in football you can never tell, but you are talking about Chelsea and Liverpool who need to win almost all of their games.

“Manchester City have the strongest group of players ever in English football history. If some players get injured or go into a downward spiral in terms of form, they can cut it and change it. This is tremendous strength.

“They can also be semi-relaxed about these games and should they lose a couple of points to someone while Chelsea and Liverpool are playing under a different kind of pressure.”

Lijnders: We will focus on ourselves

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Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders reflects on intense 2-2 draw at Chelsea, after which he was disappointed to have thrown away a two-goal lead

Meanwhile, Pep Lijnders, who led the Liverpool side to Chelsea in Klopp’s absence, insists his team’s focus must remain on itself.

“We never look at the others, the title race is decided only on the last day. There are so many points to collect,” he said.

“We have this difficult situation, you never know if the opponent may find himself in difficult situations. We have to focus on ourselves, this is how we have always done it, and how we got into the position we are in, and how our team is. developed.

“We just focus on the next game, we make it a final and we give everything we have. This is how we became champions and we won the Champions League, this is what we have to keep doing, keep this fighting spirit high and play an un little better. “

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