"What’s not normal is what happened in the last two years where Manchester City got 198 points in two years.

“The Premier League is very competitive, any team can win against any team. Obviously we’re not happy with the amount of games that we lost, but that’s the nature of competition, the nature of football.

“We’re now in December; we shouldn’t be talking about where we’re going to end the season. We should be going game-by-game.

"Also, because you cannot switch your intensity from one competition to the other so quickly.

“If we want to win the League Cup, the FA Cup, the Champions League, we have to be very intense in all the competitions, including the Premier League, regardless of whether we have a chance to win or not".