Pep Guardiola names the Premier League club better than Manchester City

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Manchester City Pep Guardiola insists Liverpool are better than Manchester City because they have more points than the Blues at the halfway stage of the season.

Manchester City sit third in the Premier League after 19 games, trailing Liverpool FC and Aston Villa by two points and level with Arsenal.

Assessing City’s chances at the halfway mark, Guardiola said: “We’re not top of the league, Liverpool are better.

“We’ve had injuries and some problems, we won the titles, important ones, our level is really good I would say and we are there. Now rest, we all need it. January is less intense than November and December so we prepare for what’s next.”

When the prospect of another mid-season winning run was put to him, Guardiola replied: “We made in the past a lot of winning streaks but never when we were there were we thinking about how many games we are going to win. We had rivals like Liverpool or last season Arsenal that we felt that if we lose a game we are not going to win the Premier League so they demanded us to our highest level and we pushed them to the highest level as well.

“I think at the start of the season, to qualify for the Champions League, win the three trophies – and we won just two because we lost the Community Shield against Arsenal – and in the Premier League being there. I had the feeling we could have more points, especially for the three games at home; Liverpool, Tottenham, Crystal Palace. We performed really well but we didn’t get what we maybe deserved but it is football, it is fine. We are going to lose points, so are the others, so try to lose as few as possible.”