Pep Guardiola: I could be to blame for Manchester City's dip

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Pep Guardiola: I could be to blame for Manchester City's dip

Manchester City must rise from the disappointment of losing to bitter rivals Manchester United and turn their attention to a Champions League rescue mission against Liverpool on Wednesday morning (Singapore time).

Victory against United would have seen City crowned champions of England for the fifth time, and they looked well on course to do so in the sweetest style in Saturday's Manchester derby as captain Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan propelled them into a richly deserved two-goal half-time lead.

The France global has endured a turbulent season filled with criticism for his apparent lack of influence at Old Trafford but he led Jose Mourinho's side to a 3-2 comeback victory over their fierce rivals with a stunning brace over 90 second-half seconds.

Guardiola's current contract expires next summer but he said to be keen to stay and build on this impressive season, with City close to winning the Premier League. I'm sorry for our fans for our people, because what we saw in the first half is what we saw all season. Now we will try, if we are courageous enough, to stand up again and focus on Tuesday.

"Football in that level is (what happens in the) boxes", added Guardiola. But it was a tough, tough fight to keep going every weekend to be focused.

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"We have to win two more games and after the game on Tuesday we are going to focus on the Premier League to try as quick as possible to get it".

"Of course we wanted to win today, I'm not going to deny that but we knew exactly we were going to play against, the second in the league".

With six games left, City can seal the EPL title if they beat Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday morning (Singapore time) and Swansea on April 22. However, City's chances of landing a first ever Champions League crown were likely dealt a fatal blow when they conceded three times in 19 minutes first-half minutes to a rampant Liverpool at Anfield in the first leg last week.

Guardiola's side trail Liverpool 3-0 at the halfway stage of their quarter-final tie and he admitted the collapse against United could play on their minds tomorrow. This is the first time we lost two games in a row.

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