Cape Town - Manchester City's slow start to the
Premier League season has reportedly caused boss Pep Guardiola to give a
few players a tongue lashing.
Adama Traore scored a late brace for Wolves to condemn City to their
first defeat at home in 2019 - leaving the champions eight points adrift
of early pacesetters Liverpool in the Premier League.
After pipping the Reds to the title by a single point last term, many
predicted a similar title race this time around but Guardiola's side
have picked up injuries to key players, while Jurgen Klopp's men have
won eight out of eight matches.
And the Daily Mail claims that Guardiola 'knew there were potential
pitfalls of a fourth season with largely the same set of players
listening to largely the same set of methods.'
So the Spaniard decided to stop the 'tough taskmaster act' used in previous seasons and stop picking out 'microscopic faults'.
However, Guardiola realised early on in the season that it wasn't working and has 'rowed back on his calmer character act'.
He had even identified the problem as early as August, privately
telling 'his players that they were not sharp enough' in their 2-2 draw
David Silva, who came on late in that match, was criticised by
Guardiola in the dressing room despite only playing 12 minutes, the City
boss told him: 'David, you didn't give us enough running. Where were