Sunday 23 July 2017

'There's no point looking at the league table' - Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts in the dug-out during the defeat against Everton. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reacts in the dug-out during the defeat against Everton. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Chris Bascombe

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told his players there is no point looking at the Premier League table as his title hopes took a hammering at Goodison Park yesterday.

Guardiola looked bewildered as he tried to offer an explanation why his triumphant methods have not yet transferred to England.

He said his side is being punished for every mistake after suffering his worst league defeat as a manager, 4-0 at Everton, and he attributed such a heavy loss to a failure to take chances.

"In the first-half we were better. We were exceptional, we created enough chances to score a goal," said Guardiola.

"We lose in other circumstances that I cannot control. The opponent arrives the first time and scores after we miss a lot of chances.

"The second-half we start and the second time they arrive and they score. Mentally for the players it is tough.

"At 2-0 you are playing more with the heart than the head and sometimes the counter-attack can happen."

City now trail Chelsea by 10 points, Guardiola admitting he is in unfamiliar territory in his stellar career.

"Ten points is a lot of points, of course," he said.

"We have to see. I spoke to my players over the last three weeks or month: do not look at the league table, focus on the next game and try to do our best.

"Then at the end of the season we will evaluate our levels and performances - how was the coaching, how the players were. In football, like in basketball and tennis, you have to put the ball inside the net when the opponent cannot do that.

"In the balance how you create, how you concede, the other team punishes us. That is why it is once again not easy for the players.

"For them it is not that it doesn't matter, it is tough and mentally they suffer, but what I said many times it will make them stronger in the future. Maybe not this season, maybe in their careers in the future." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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