“It’s a very long season” Fabian Delph relaxed as City lose ground on Liverpool

Manchester City are four points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool heading into Christmas, but yesterday’s captain Fabian Delph isn’t panicking.

City, who famously overturned a huge points difference to pip Liverpool to the 2013/14 title, were stunned by Crystal Palace, who handed the champions their first home defeat of the season in the Premier League.

Delph knows there is a long way to go, however, and is relaxed about the four point gap, believing Palace’s wonder goals represented something of a freak result.

“It’s a massive setback but at the end of the day it’s a very long season,” Delph said. “We’re not focused on Liverpool or on any team other than ourselves.

“I felt we were in control for the whole game but they’ve scored two world-class goals, and you have to take your hat off to that – they are not goals you see every day, so fair play to them.

“We will always analyse every performance and see what we could have done better in different areas of the pitch, but with those two goals there is nothing you can do.

“We look at ourselves and we had chances. We stayed in control, stayed calm, but came up short.”

The Blues have two tough away days coming up, a trip to Leicester on Boxing Day before a game against Southampton, who look resurgent under new boss Ralph Hasenhüttl. After that, City host Liverpool in a big top-of-the-table battle to begin 2019.

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