Pep Guardiola admitted it will be a huge task to catch Chelsea despite closing the gap on the Premier League leaders on Monday.
The Manchester City manager watched his side win 2-0 at Bournemouth to move within eight points of Antonio Conte’s table toppers.
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero were on target in a comfortable win that made it three wins from three in February so far.
The only blot on the City copybook was an ankle injury to Gabriel Jesus as he watched the second half from the stands at the Vitality Stadium.
However, Guardiola wasn’t getting carried away as his team moved into second and cut Chelsea’s lead to eight points after the Blues were held at Burnley.
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“The gap is still so massive,” Guardiola said at the Vitality Stadium. “We just focus on the next game.
“We made a real performance. I am so pleased with how we did and especially the last 10-15 minutes, we did the right way to make the result with a thousand million passes. It is important to score goals, we are in deficit but it is OK.”
The injury to Jesus opened the door for the return of Aguero, who netted via deflection, and he was welcomed back by the travelling City support.
Guardiola was pleased with the Argentine’s effort but seemed more concerned with the injury to winter arrival Jesus on the south coast.
“Tomorrow morning we will know exactly,” Guardiola said of Jesus in an interview with Sky Sports. “Hopefully – I will pray tonight – it will not be a big issue.”
Speaking about Aguero, Guardiola added: “He played good. He fought and scored a goal for his confidence.
“I’m so happy for him. He was important before the game and is still important.”