Fabian Delph doesn't believe the Premier League table tells the whole truth
The midfielder insists the 14-point gap between the two clubs does not fairly reflect the quality of some of City’s football this season and believes that after a season of adapting to Pep Guardiola’s methods, City will offer a far stronger title challenge next season.
“We were the better team by far – by a country mile,” said Delph. “But goals win games and we have not managed to score more than them. We’ve got great attacking players and they have been great all season but we fell short. I’m sure the next games they will be more clinical.
“The 14-point gap isn’t a fair reflection of how we’ve played. Because of injuries, I’ve pretty much not been there this season but I’ve watched the games and even the ones we’ve lost we’ve been the better team. With some of the results this season we have deserved a lot better.
“We can hold our heads high after Wednesday’s performance. We like to take the positives out of it. We are definitely going to come again though because we are a top team. We will learn a lot of lessons for next season.
“We’ve gone through the first year with this manager and we have learned a lot. I certainly look at football a lot differently now.
“So hopefully the boys can pick themselves up, go through the rest of the season unbeaten, win the FA Cup, finish in the top four and come back ready to go again.”
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After two injury-plagued years since his £8m move from Aston Villa, Delph’s future is under a question mark along with several other City players. But despite the Chelsea game being only his fourth start of the season, he wants the chance to show Guardiola he can be part of his future plans.
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“I’m working with the best management team in the world and the best players in the world as far as I’m concerned,” he added.
“We’ve got great chemistry, a lot of the boys are very close, and of course I’d love to be a part of that. But we will have to see what happens at the end of the season.”