Pep Guardiola says there is plenty of room for optimism in Manchester City’s future despite defeat at Chelsea threatening their top four hopes.
Two first half goals from Eden Hazard proved insurmountable for City, who lost 2-1 at Stamdford Bridge and now have both Arsenal and Manchester United just four points behind them in the race for Champions League football next season.
However, despite the result, Guardiola insists his player are doing him and the fans proud.
“It’s an honour to have the amazing players I have,” he told BBC Sport.
“We come here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we have, with huge personality. I’m a lucky guy to manage these guys.
“It’s encouraging for the future. I’m optimistic. It’s been like this all season but in the boxes we are not good enough.
“We created enough to score goals. It’s our problem. But my players play in one way and that’s why I want to be here – to help Man City for years.
“The people who are watching us must be proud of our fans. We did everything.”