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Pep Guardiola Admits His Manchester City System May Be Flawed

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 07: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts following a missed chance during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has conceded that his commitment to attacking tactics may have flaws – but refuses to alter his approach.

The Premier League champions have endured a tough week, throwing away a two-goal lead against rivals Man United on Saturday (when a win would have seen them crowned champions there and then) just days after being battered 3-0 by Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Anfield.

Speaking after Saturday’s reversal, Guardiola admitted that the way his team set up does contain holes – but claims that he is still committed to his preferred style of play:

“I came here to try to do what we’ve done all season, but maybe it’s not enough to win at Champions League level or the Premier League.

“I thought many times about that. I’ve dropped a lot of Champions League games in the space of 10 or 15 minutes. I’ve thought about that many times.

“Barcelona – 77 minutes 0-0, 90 minutes 3-0. It happened many times. Maybe it’s my fault. I have to think about it. But I feel that when you dominate and create chances you are closer to winning games and I think this season has shown that.

“If that’s so I will have to recognise that I’m not good enough or the way we want to play (means we are) not able to do that – but I don’t think so because of what we’ve done this season. The numbers we have done in terms of goals – not just goals, the chances we concede – are the best.

“But it’s impossible when the opponents arrive four times and score three goals – there is no system that can sustain that, so it’s so complicated.”

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Saturday’s defeat will almost certainly be a blip on the way to the title. Despite the fact that they face a tricky trip to Wembley to face Tottenham next Saturday evening, Man City will still win the Premier League title with six points out of their final six matches.

Of more immediate concern, however, is the return leg against Liverpool on Tuesday. It’s not completely beyond them to be able to turn it around, but Guardiola will know that even one away goal from Jurgen Klopp’s side will give his own team a much bigger mountain to climb in order to progress to the last four.

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Author: The PA Team

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