Pep Guardiola was feeling much more enthusiastic about the rest of Manchester City’s season after they beat Everton 2-1 in their first game of 2020.
Guardiola has often cut a frustrated figure at seeing Liverpool develop such a large lead over the champions at the top of the Premier League table this season, but changed his tune somewhat after they started the New Year on a positive note.
Gabriel Jesus scored a brace to set up the win for City, who held on despite a consolation goal from Richarlison.
And while the gap with Liverpool remains at a distance seen by many as unassailable – 11 points with City having played two games left – Guardiola vowed that his side would not give up in their efforts to retain their title, as well as competing for two other trophies.
“We played great so I am delighted for the guys,” he told BT Sport.
“This period is so tough. We did really well. Three more points and closer to Leicester.
“When you are far away from the first position sometimes people give up, but we never give up. We have to keep going.
“We have FA Cup then the EFL Cup. Other teams dropped points for the top four so it was an important win.”