Pep Guardiola seems to be not satisfied with his team and the progress of this season. City is not the same team as in previous seasons, but they are still contenders for the title, even though Arsenal have consolidated in 1st place.
“I won four Liga titles in Spain when I was a player, four in a row, and the fifth [season] was not the same and the sixth was not the same. I was not starving enough. [Too much] caviar, [Real] Madrid beat me,” Guardiola said, as quoted by eurosport.com “I understand [the players] but I am here to [motivate them].
The chairman knows that”. He is aware that his team is still in the game. “I want to be here but if I lose the team, I cannot be here,” Guardiola said. “We are second in the table, we are not 25 points behind Arsenal, still we are there – 57 points still to play [for]”.
Pep GuardiolaThe Spanish expert emphasized how united Arsenal look. “The club has to move [back in the right direction],” he said. “These goals we gave them – unacceptable against Liverpool, unacceptable against United.
We don’t have [that certain] something. They [Arsenal] have everything, all the pieces. They defend 10 players in the box, five in the back, six in the back, good transitions, win duels and look at how they celebrate a goal, how they talk, look at each other, communicate.
This is football. We don’t have it”.
However, he did not forget to praise several players who fought. “Have you seen Jack Grealish, to go down and tackle and every time do it? Nathan, for example, or Manu to win the duels there? Every game has to be like that,” he said. “That is how we did 15 wins in a row, 18 wins in a row [in previous seasons]”.