Pep Guardiola: EPL title race not over

Alan Pardew

Every challenge, they were saying 'you're not protecting our players, referee!'.

Burnley, on the other hand, seem to have faded in recent weeks, after a brilliant start to the new campaign. The strike was Danilo's second of the season for Manchester City, equalling his return for Real Madrid last season in 17 appearances. Who has been playing well this season and who has worked hard?

However, three quickfire goals from Mario Lemina, Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse either side of half-time put Southampton in charge before Salomon Rondon's consolation for West Brom, who remain bottom.

"We must try to finish second, try to play the best we can and improve the players individually the best we can and be the best possible team at the end of the season".

Burnley: Nick Pope 7 (out of 10), Phil Bardsley 6, Charlie Taylor 7, Ben Mee 7, Kevin Long 6, Jack Cork 7, Jeff Hendrick 7, Aaron Lennon 6, Johann Berg Gudmundsson 7, Ashley Barnes 6, Sam Vokes 7.

Raheem Sterling and Jack Cork battle for possession. Their roles will be crucial, if Burnley are to nip City's threat in the bud. Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph, John Stones, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus were all unavailable for selection here and had Guardiola had just one of Silva, Sane or Jesus fit he would have been confident of seeing out the game regardless, or at least striking again to make it 2-1. The two will be provided with plenty of opportunity to romp forward, given that the home team are likely to sit deep. This could see City's record signing Aymeric Laporte sit out, despite impressing heavily on his debut against the Baggies.

De Bruyne set up Fernandinho for the opener and then scored himself, before Sergio Aguero added a late third at Etihad Stadium.

Silva's absence will be a blow but in Ilkay Gundogan, City have an able replacement.

Gudmundsson quietly goes about his business but, statistically, no one has been involved in more Burnley goals than the Iceland worldwide this season. When you arrive in the last 15 minutes at Burnley 1-0, this is what can happen.

The Algerian hasn't trained since Leicester priced Manchester City out of a move for Mahrez on transfer deadline day on Wednesday.

The hard-fought draw gave the hosts one of the more memorable results of a season that has defied expectations.

"Not yet. There are 13 games, 39 points to play (for), we have a 15-point lead so it's not over", Pep said.

A week after City had brushed Stoke aside 7-2 and four days after they'd beaten a strong Napoli side in the UEFA Champions League, Burnley frustrated City in a closer encounter than the score-line suggested back in October. And if his performances this season are anything to go by, the Belgian will deliver.

A sixth loss of the season at Turf Moor would equal their entire tally for 2016-17. At this moment in time with City having the better squad the answer is probably a resounding yes in Mourinho's case.

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