Man City’s Target Now Is Top-four Not EPL Title

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits his side’s focus now is to finish in the top-four as their hopes of defending their Premier League crown are all but over.

Despite Sunday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United Aguero says it will be “too hard” to catch up with Premier League leaders Liverpool.

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After the reigning champions slipped up on Friday with a 3-2 loss to Wolves, Liverpool stretched their winning streak in the English top-flight to 10 matches on Sunday when they beat the same team 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a first-half goal from Sadio Mane.

City got back to winning ways on Sunday evening with through goals from Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.

But they remain 14 points behind last season’s runners-up, who have a game in hand due to their involvement in the Club World Cup earlier this month.

“Now, Liverpool is too hard. We have to focus just on winning because we need to play Champions League next season,” Aguero, who has scored 10 goals in 15 Premier League matches this term, is quoted as saying by Reuters.

“We have to play the same way and see what happens.”

The 31-year-old is not the first City figure to dismiss the team’s chances of catching Liverpool, as coach Pep Guardiola said earlier this month: “Like everyone say we are out, we have no chance. We are thinking about ourselves and the next game. To think how many ways to win to be close is a stupid way to think.”

City’s next game is on New Year’s Day, when they host Everton before turning their attention to FA Cup duty with a home clash against League Two side Port Vale.

City did the treble last season, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

They will face Spanish giants Real Madrid in the round of 16 of this season’s UEFA Champions League.
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