‘He knows it can happen’ – Guardiola hits back at Klopp

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has replied Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp over a comment he made after City’s defeat to Aston Villa last week.

Following the shocking defeat to the Villans, Klopp revealed his continuous trust in City saying that writing City off the title challenge is ‘the biggest joke in the history of football’.

However, the statement wasn’t totally accepted by Guardiola as the City boss felt pressured by it.

He said: “Jurgen knows what happened to us in this short period can happen, he knows that. Man City can have a bad period.

“I never believed in the big compliments or the bad, bad situations. The most difficult thing to do is win, win, win.

“We’ve done it. For many years, we’re the main candidates to win everything. The only team who is going to fail by not winning the Premier League is us.

“For the rest it’s a big success – any team. A big success. Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea don’t win everything – but that’s normal. City should win.

“That isn’t fair. It’s difficult to handle that in every week, every three days, during years and years.

“[What we have done] is exceptional, but their positions is normal. In sport, you can have seasons. Just take a look at our rivals, just win once, we are always there – and we have to continue that.”