Noel Gallagher's Predictions Ahead Of The Season Look Very Silly
Noel Gallagher's predictions for Manchester City's 2019/20 campaign have been doing the rounds again and it's fair to say the former Oasis guitarist and songwriter was a bit wide of the mark.
You can't blame the staunch City fan for being optimistic given they won an unprecedented domestic treble last season but even at the halfway stage, Pep Guardiola's side need a miracle if they are to somehow claim a third Premier League title on the bounce.
The 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in Saturday's derby was their fourth of the season in the league and now leaves City 14 points behind leaders Liverpool - and six points adrift of second-placed Leicester following their 4-1 win over Aston Villa.
Not many could have foreseen the champions' standards dropping so lowly in such a short space of time but Gallagher will surely have changed his tune from the start of the campaign.
His comments that nobody would get "anywhere near" City and his prediction that they'd win the quadruple really have not aged well and something tells us he might actually be looking back in anger this time.
After the derby defeat, Guardiola did say it was "not realistic" for City to retain their crown and although they will keep plugging away, he's already talking about next season.
32 - This is Pep Guardiola's worst points return after the first 16 matches of a top-flight season in his managerial career (32 pts). Sluggish. pic.twitter.com/Wvd8Uqzlzy- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 7, 2019
"We have to continue," Guardiola said in his post-match presser.
"If we are not able to (catch Liverpool), then we want to try next season.
"Sometimes you don't win, the others are better, and you lose. The normal thing is not winning all the leagues and trophies.
"Sometimes you lose. The important thing is to not give up.
"In all the games we have played this season, we have played how I want us to play. When we struggle - OK - but it's part of the process, maybe next season we will be better."