Pep Guardiola was not a happy man despite Manchester City’s victory over Crystal Palace.
The resurrection of Yaya Toure was the main talking point of Saturday’s game, but the Citizens looked far from their best as they had to fight hard for a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.
The result means City are still just one point off the top of the table, but Guardiola didn’t sound too confident when asked about his side’s title chances.
“I want to be honest with you, in that way we are going to be far away, in that way we are not going to win the titles, in the way we played,” he said, via Goal.com.
“The players know that because they play really, really good [before] and they know that playing that way we can achieve our targets.
“So we cannot forget that a few weeks ago we [beat] the best team in Europe (Barcelona), but there are games during the season, like [here] after the international break, that you are not brilliant.
“[Saturday] was possibly a good step, but in the long term you have to play better.
“Sometimes it can happen once, but when it happens often, in the end you are going to lose.”
In fact, the Catalan admitted he was actually happier with the performance against Tottenham in October, a game which ended in a 2-0 defeat and finished City’s unbeaten run.
“I am more satisfied when we play against Middlesbrough, against Everton, even Tottenham the second half, but you have to win,” he added.
Toure’s brace sandwiched a Connor Wickham equaliser, and given that 1-1 draws seem to be the order of the month for City, Guardiola must have been fearing the worst.
Unsurprisingly, they’re still favourites to lift the Premier League trophy in May at 15/8, but that may require some strengthening at the back in January.