Pep Guardiola Admits His Manchester City System May Be Flawed

Tanya Simon
April 9, 2018

The Spaniard's side blew the chance to win the Premier League title when they threw away a two-goal against rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his team are exhausted and need the help of their fans for Saturday's derby against Manchester United.

"But maybe we will improve for the future on that, to realise that sometimes it's not enough what you've done to win the games".

But the derby comes just three days before the return leg of their European tie and Guardiola faces a hard balancing act, still believing he can overturn the Champions League deficit at the Etihad.

"I drop many times Champions League games for 10-15 minutes and I think a lot about that", said Guardiola. It only gives us more strength to fight on the field and win the games.

Midfielder Fernandinho said: "Two defeats in a row is something we hadn't experienced before".

Pep Guardiola insists he has not changed his selection plans for Saturday's Manchester derby in the wake of City's 3-0 defeat at Liverpool in midweek, Soccerway reports.

Liverpool players celebrate on Wednesday. "It would be wonderful, something different", he said. He has no option but to go on all-out attack, returning to the way City usually plays. "The sooner we do it, the better".

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They have spirit, this is Manchester United!

Guardiola understands why his tactics have been brought into question after the past week, but pointed out City's record-breaking season suggests such assessments are inaccurate.

The Brazilian was impressive as Jurgen Klopp's side demolished the Premier League leaders 3-0 at Anfield. With 27 wins so far, they can also beat Chelsea's high of 30 victories set last season.

As blue smoke swirled around the stadium from a flare and United and their supporters were being subjected to a range of cruel taunts, it seemed nothing could deny City their wish as they led 2-0 at half time with goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan.

United and Mourinho ensured Guardiola and City were not having that moment at their expense.

"We kept going but when you have two one-against-ones [Sterling] and the Gündogan chance then if we go to 3-0, 4-0 the game is over".

"But we move forward".

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