Tuesday 22 October 2019

'I know what we are' - Pep Guardiola's defiant message after Man City's shock defeat at Norwich

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks dejected on the touchline during the Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Joe Giddens/PA Wire.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks dejected on the touchline during the Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Joe Giddens/PA Wire.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola urged his players to bounce back after they slumped to their first Premier League defeat since January at Norwich.

In one of the biggest upsets in recent Premier League history, City lost 3-2 against the newly promoted Canaries on a night when the absence of their injured centre-back Aymeric Laporte was cruelly exposed.

Liverpool have now opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, but Guardiola refused to hit the panic button as he backed his champions to respond from their first big domestic setback of 2019.

"Congratulations to Norwich, we had a bad day," stated a magnanimous Guardiola. "I know what we are as a team, what they have done and what we are going to do again.

"I love my players. It is a pleasure and honour to be with them and people can't expect us to make 100 points every time. We have to learn from this and carry on.

"We created chances but we could not score them. They are a really good team with good players with quality, we saw that in the Championship last year, they were clinical.

"We did not have urgency in the final third that we normally have. In football, you can't always avoid mistakes. It wasn't a normal game, but we have to look forward.

"Our passing was not bad. We created chances but we could not score them today. They are a really good team with good players with quality, we saw that in the Championship last year. They were clinical today and congratulations on their win.

"We did not have urgency in the final third that we normally have, but this is not a moment for big analysis. I don't know how many shots we had or how many they had, but football is about goals and about what you do in the boxes."

"We're not a 10 as a team. We're not perfect. The only positive thing we can say is that it's early in the season. We're five points behind the leaders, but we need to keep going.”

Norwich manager Daniel Farke tried to keep his composure as he summed up his biggest win as Norwich manager, with the jubilant scenes at the final whistle highlighting the significance of the victory.

"Of course it is special day for us and for the club," said stated the German tactician. "Against one of the best teams in the world and when we have so many injuries, this was special.

"We have so much passion from our owners and we couldn't ask for more from them so this win is for them.

"We had to be special in our plan for City because they are the best team in the world but we had setbacks too with our injuries, but we deserve the win today we were exceptional.

"We want to win each and every game and we will try to defend, but with our philosophy we cannot just press a button and park the bus, we have to go with what we've got and what we believe in which is being on the front foot.

"It wasn't possible to dominate the ball against City so we had a special plan and thankfully it worked well."

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