Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola didn’t appear too involved by his facet’s shock defeat at Norwich Metropolis on Saturday.
The Premier League champions had been deservedly beaten 3-2 at Carrow Road because the injury-hit Canaries produced a shocking show to drag off a well-known victory.
Kenny McLean headed the hosts in entrance from a nook earlier than Todd Cantwell doubled the result in put the Premier League new boys in dreamland.
Sergio Aguero pulled one again on the stroke of half-time nevertheless it didn’t spark the comeback anticipated from Metropolis, as Norwich pressed on and prolonged their two-goal benefit via Teemu Pukki’s sixth of the season quickly after the restart – gifted to him after Nicolas Otamendi dallied in possession earlier than being robbed of the ball on the sting of his personal field.
Rodrigo arrowed in a late comfort however the defeat leaves Guardiola’s facet 5 factors behind title rivals and league leaders Liverpool, who’re but to drop any factors.
Regardless of the setback, Guardiola believes it could be untimely to think about it pivotal within the chase for a 3rd consecutive league title.
“5 factors (behind Liverpool) is 5 factors – however we’re in September,” he mentioned.
“What are we purported to do? Say ‘it’s September and congratulations to Liverpool, you might be champions?’
“Not for one second am I going to doubt my gamers.”
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Guardiola refused to criticise his players despite the defensive errors.
“Nico (Otamendi) doesn’t know someone is coming and nobody tells him,” he said. “Sometimes you know we make mistakes. I think sometimes we forget these guys are human.
“Football is quick, things can go wrong and I must see what I can do to help them.”
For Norwich, this was a second victory since their return to the top-flight.
It will eclipse their win over Newcastle given the standard of opposition and the fact manager Daniel Farke was forced into naming two goalkeepers on the bench due to the length of his injury list.
“It is definitely a proud night without a doubt,” he said.
“To win towards the very best crew on this planet as Norwich Metropolis who’re promoted and haven’t any likelihood to spend cash and an unbelievable quantity of accidents, it was a win for our key individuals.”
Farke additionally referred to as on Norwich supporters to benefit from the win – though his personal celebrations could be restricted.
“It’s a evening to recollect with none doubt,” he added.
“I might be completely happy once I’m again on the couch. I’m too previous and too exhausted to have fun and we’ve coaching within the morning.
“After that I might be on the couch with espresso and perhaps some cake. That’s how I have fun.”