Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims Chelsea and Liverpool have big Advantage in the Premier League title race which makes them favourites for the league crown.
Guardiola has opened up on the difficulties his side will face in keeping up with both Liverpool and current league leaders Chelsea - two teams not involved in European competition this term. READ MORE: Iheanacho apparently fails audition with Jesus arriving
The former Bayern Munich boss was speaking after the Cityzens' 3-0 win at Hull on Boxing Day; Chelsea won by the same scoreline (albeit at home) against Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Liverpool face Stoke on Tuesday.
"Liverpool went so close one year because they had one game a week and last year, for Leicester, it happened the same.
"This time Chelsea and Liverpool are the ones. We have played seven more than them - and important games like the Champions League - which is why it will be tough.READ MORE: Iheanacho embarrassed as he made to 'steal' Yaya's award
"Sometimes you play before (Chelsea), sometimes later. But it doesn't matter when one team has won 12 in a row. It's like a final for us if you want to be there until the end of the season." Guardiola said as reported by ITV News.
City's win took them back to second, seven points behind Conte's all-conquering Chelsea team, who won their 12th league game in a row.