Pep Guardiola cut a depressed figure following Manchester City’s defeat to Manchester United.
Our rivals lost 2-1 at the Etihad to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s revitalised Red Devils, falling 14 points behind Liverpool in the process.
That is an enormous gap – and one that Guardiola doesn’t think will be closed.
“We have to try to continue. There are many things to play for,” Pep told BBC Sport.
“We think about what we have to do and the next game – it is not realistic to think about catching up.
“Obviously it is so difficult because the opponents have had 16 games with 15 victories and they are on an incredible run and sometimes we have dropped points. But our duty, and what you have to do, is continue.”
Liverpool have won 15 of our 16 games this Premier League season, drawing just once – which has helped us surge away from an increasingly rattled City in the process.
Leicester City though are only 11 points behind with a game in hand, so they could actually emerge as our closest challengers this term under Brendan Rodgers.
We can’t quite handle the thought of Rodgers pipping us to the post, so hope they slip up in the next few weeks and that we do a job on them on Boxing Day!