Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out Chelsea and Manchester United from the tittle race.

The points between leaders Liverpool and Manchester City narrowed to three points after Liverpool dropped four points last week. City are closely followed by Tottenham in second with two points between them. Chelsea and Manchester United occupy the fourth and fifth position respectively while Arsenal are sixth on the log.


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“I never said Tottenham was not there, nor Chelsea,” Guardiola said on Tuesday.

“I never put out all five-six teams, and United is making this run of victories every single week, they’ll be there to fight for the Premier League.

“If Chelsea is able to do games in a row, games in row, they’ll be contenders too to win the Premier League, so everybody is there. The gap is not too big.

“With 39 points to play for, when you are nine, ten points behind, it’s not too much. Seeing what’s happening right now in the Premier League, everybody is ready to take points.”

City title hope was restored after Liverpool failed to capitalize on The Cityzen shock lose to Newcastle United, playing out a 1-1 draw with Leicester City. It all got worse for Liverpool on Monday when the drew against West Ham after Manchester City defeated Arsenal on Sunday 3-1.

Guardiola is aware of the impact of these results on the title race.

“Three, four days ago we were already done,” Guardiola said.

“The champion was Liverpool and now we are the favourite and maybe in three days we are leading or we are seven points behind.”

“We try to be calm in this situation. There will be a lot of surprises and it will be tough for every team to win all games because the contenders and non-contenders and all the teams have the abilities, capacity and skills to create problems.”

Manchester City travel to Everton on Wednesday before hosting Chelsea on Sunday.

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