Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City are not out the Premier League title race and they were “try to continue” to fight Liverpool for silverware.
City fell 14 points behind table toppers Liverpool after they lost 2-1 to city rivals Manchester United – with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford downing the reigning champions.
The defeat, which comes on the back of a draw with Newcastle last weekend, was the sixth time they have dropped points this season.
On the other hand Liverpool are flying, having gone through the season so far without losing – and comfortably beat Bournemouth 3-0 earlier on Saturday.
“We have to try to continue, there are many things to play for,” Guardiola said. “It’s difficult because the opponents are on an incredible run winning 15 games out of 16.
“It is not time to think about that. We have to think about what we have to do and think about the next game. Doesn’t matter if six, eight or 14 points we have to continue. We are a fantastic team.”
City seemed to be overawed by United’s attacking pace in the early stages of the Manchester derby at the Etihad.
But overall, Guardiola was happy with his side’s performance, especially in the second half – where Nicolas Otamendi grabbed a late consolation.
“Yes, we lost 1-2 but I congratulate my team, my players were fantastic, we are a fantastic team.
“We concede three or four counter attacks in the first half, they were clinical but I am more than happy for our performance. We pushed them, we created chances. In general I am happy with the performance. No regrets.
“I know who we are as a team. I am delighted to work with these guys. We tried and we tried in the second half. Unfortunate we scored late and could not turn the result.