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Manchester City boss Guardiola says his players are over derby defeat to United

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is trying to lead the club to a third Premier League title in four years.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is trying to lead the club to a third Premier League title in four years. Attila KISBENEDEK AFP

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola declared his players recovered from their defeat to Manchester United and ready to pursue their quest for Premier League glory.

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City entertain Southampton on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium three days after a 2-0 loss to United at the same venue ended their run of 21 consecutive victories and cut their lead at the top to 11 points.

"Everyone realised how difficult it is to win good games, to do a good run” said Guardiola. “Now we focus on the next one.”

Surge

Success will take City 14 points clear with nine games remaining. "It's not a bad moment,” added Guardiola. “A bad moment is playing badly and not getting results in a lot of games.”

United take on AC Milan in the first leg of their last 16 clash in the Europa League on Thursday night before returning to Premier League duties on Sunday evening against West Ham United, who are seeking a top four finish and a berth in the Champions League for the first time.

By the time United step out at Old Trafford for that game, City, who play at Fulham on Saturday night, could be 17 points ahead.

“Every team is fighting for something,” said Guardiola, who is trying to take the club to their fifth top flight title since 2012. “We're seeing how tough the games are … Southampton will not be an exception.”

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