Pep Guardiola: 'Tough to keep pace with Chelsea, Liverpool'

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits the pressure is on in the title race

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits the pressure is on in the title race

Pep Guardiola is to work his players on the training pitch over the festive period as he prepares for his first taste of Britain's Christmas fixture pile-up in Manchester City's Premier League trip to rock-bottom Hull.

Toure scored from a 72nd-minute penalty after Andrew Robertson fouled Raheem Sterling, with an Iheanacho tap-in and a Curtis Davies own goal completing the win.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola watches the action during their English Premier League soccer match against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium, Hull, England, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

Kevin De Bruyne tried his best to create room with his movement and smart passing but team-mates Nolito and Raheem Sterling could make the most of their opportunities as the half wore on. "Of course, we are happy to win again, especially away here at Hull".

"Hull started quite well".

"But for example, the first goal against Sunderland, he played wide like a winger but he arrived on the penalty spot (and won a penalty)".

Meanwhile Hull City have endured a pretty dismal December, only registering a single point in their last four games.

As Hull City pour forward in the 78th minute, they were caught on the break by De Bruyne.

MF Fernandinho, 6 - The Brazilian put in the hard graft that was necessary on his return from suspension, but it was a quiet game from him. Opposition teams were starting to notices problems with the Manchester City defence, and suddenly the blues found themselves conceding far too many goals.

Hull City: (3-5-2) Marshall; Maguire, Dawson, Davies; Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Clucas, Robertson; Snodgrass, Mbokani. The travelling fans could have been forgiven for forgetting he was on the pitch at times.

Hull gradually stopped admiring their visitors and, after Stones was forced off and replaced by Aleksander Kolarov, they began to back themselves.

The game was beginning to open up and both teams came close to an opening goal before the hour.

MF Fernando, NR - A late change for David Silva, Fernando shored up the middle.

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