Pep Guardiola Still Believes in Man City Even in Defeat
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has suffered three straight losses in a single season which has not happened before, the manager said he is struggling to understand why his side has lost nine Premier League games this season. Man City lost 1-0 at Southampton on Sunday a third straight away league defeat.
They did well to beat Liverpool 4-0 in their last game but failed to impress against Southampton. It is the first time in his career that Guardiola has overseen such a run, while nine losses is the most the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has ever had in a single campaign. According to him he said: “We played more than good but it is not enough to win the games.”
“We cannot say we are not a team who score goals this season. We are leading in goals. We create a lot of chances. We are a team who concede less – no team conceded as few chances as us but we lost a lot of games. “It’s difficult even for me to find a reason why but you have to insist and talk about the game, the way they play and try to do more, concede as few as possible and score up front,” Guardiola added.
Manchester City won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2017-18 and 2018-19, recording a record tally of 100 points in the first of those successes and the division’s second-highest tally of 98 in the second. But they have missed out to Liverpool this season, with the Reds 23 points ahead of Guardiola’s side with five games remaining.
The 1-0 lose to Southampton helped Southampton to move to the out of the relegation zone Guardiola said he is have confidence in his players believes they can still do it, he said they can still repeat the success of 2017/18 season because it is still the same guys and since they were able to do in the previous seasons they can still do it again.
“This season the way we are playing is quite similar but it is not enough to win the games.”
Despite falling short in the league, City have already won the Carabao Cup and could end up with a treble, as they are 2-1 up against Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 and still have an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal to come.