Josep Guardiola is critical of Manchester City's performance this season. The Spanish manager believes that his team, who lost the derby to United on Saturday with 1-2, cannot compete with the top European clubs at the moment.

Due to the loss against rival United, City remained without victory for the sixth time this season, meaning that the gap with league-leader Liverpool has now risen to fourteen points. Guardiola fears that his team cannot do better at the moment.

"Manchester United has the quality to defend well and strike in the transition. They played well and you also have to deal with that level against Liverpool, FC Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Juventus," Guardiola started his story against English media .

"We will encounter teams of that caliber this season and we may not be able to compete with those clubs. Perhaps it is better to live with that, to accept reality and try to get better as quickly as possible."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with United was too strong for the City of Josep Guardiola. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Guardiola does not want to shift focus to Champions League

Because of the loss against United, City fell for the fourth time this season in the league, just as often as in the entire previous season. Given the large backlog of Liverpool, it seems impossible that the 'Citizens' will be the national champions for the third year in a row.

"We are fourteen points behind because of the mistakes that we have made ourselves, because of the quality of our opponents and even minor issues that we cannot do anything about. That is the reality, but we have to continue," said Guardiola, who is not focusing for the time being. wants to move to the Champions League.

"It's early December, so we still have a lot of games to improve ourselves. I'm not thinking about winning the Champions League or the title fight, we want to win games again."

City is already certain of the eighth finals of the million-ball, but the club never came close to the 'big-headed cup' in recent seasons. Manchester City was eliminated in the eighth finals last season.