Former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has written off the Premier League champions’ chances of a third successive title this season.
Speaking to Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT, he said that he expects current leaders Liverpool to top the division “comfortably” at the end of the campaign, believing that they will lose no more than two league games and adding that the pressure will be on Pep Guardiola’s side to attack the Reds when the teams meet at Anfield next month.
He said: “I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year. I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites.
“Those could be against Manchester City, potentially, but if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six-point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play. That might just suit Liverpool.” [via talkSPORT]
Manchester City reduced the gap on Liverpool to six points over the weekend as their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday was followed a day later by the Reds’ 1-1 draw at Manchester United, their first dropped points of the current league campaign.
Pearce was in charge of Manchester City from March 2005 to May 2007, winning 34 of his 96 games (35.4% win ratio) as their manager, with the club finishing 15th and 14th in the Premier League in his two full seasons in the job.
These Manchester City fans on Twitter gave short shrift to his prediction about the Premier League title race:
Nar mate you got it wrong
— alex singh (@Singhalex46) October 21, 2019
Coming from the tactical genius that put our goalkeeper upfront ! Who’s only contribution was to basically drop kick someone
— steve holtom (@holty1uk) October 21, 2019
Stuart Pearce should remember this words when we are being crowned the league winners for the 3rd time
— Madzuvhane (@MulaudziMukundi) October 21, 2019
He said the same last year, that didn’t work out either. Actually he’s got a gift for getting it wrong.
— Paul Keogh (@therock72pk) October 21, 2019
Stuart Pearce served up the diametrically opposite football to Pep’s.
A lost season of depression.#mancity will not take lectures from a failure.
— Tony Ferrino (@itreallywas) October 21, 2019
You were a DISASTER in your brief spell as City Manager. We just got used to 0-0 games every week. Why on earth do you think you’ve got anything interesting to tell us as a pundit?
— Peter (@mcfc1943) October 21, 2019
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