Manchester City lost 2-1 against Manchester United and are now 14 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola doubts his team’s capability to compete against the big European clubs.

The defending two-time Premier League champions were beaten 2-1 by Solskjaer’s Manchester United. With this defeat, Manchester City are now 14 points behind current league leaders Liverpool.

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Despite dominating English football for the past two seasons and boasting an exceptional, expensive squad, Guardiola has suggested his side might be unable to go toe-to-toe with Europe’s biggest clubs.

Manchester City’s defence have been vulnerable this season. Guardiola’s decision of not recruiting another defender in place of Vincent Kompany is proving fatal. Laporte has also been injured for last few months, adding more worry to City’s defence.

The pace of Manchester United trio – Rashford, Martial and James torn apart City’s defence in the first 30 minutes. This current team is far away from the team of last two seasons who won two consecutive Premier League titles.

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Guardiola told reporters: “This is the level we are facing, against Liverpool, [Manchester] United, Barcelona, [Real] Madrid and Juventus. They are the teams we have to face, and the reality is maybe we’re not able to compete with them.”

“Okay, so we have to improve and accept it and move forward. I could come here and complain about many things; I have reasons to complain. Maybe we need as a club to accept the reality we have right now and improve.”

He further added: “The reality is we’re 14 points behind because of the mistakes, the quality of the opponents and especially for the things we cannot control. That’s the reality. But we have to continue.
We are at the beginning of December. We have other competitions to play, other games to fight and improve on that. Maybe it will help us for the future of the club; maybe we need that for the future to be better.”

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