English Premiership

Guardiola vows to improve City

2017-01-04 19:04
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Manchester - Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has hit out at his critics calling for instant success in his debut season in the Premier League, saying that it is a process. 

The former Bayern Munich mentor enjoyed a bright start to life at the Etihad Stadium winning his first ten games in all competitions.

But since then the Citizens showed their vulnerabilities as they embarked on six-game spell without victory.

City subsequently won eight of their following 14 games in all competitions and Guardiola has come under scrutiny for his team's inconsistent performances.

"When I came here people expected a lot of things from me and my staff because we won a lot of prizes in the past," he told the Telegraph.

"The best football I played at Barcelona was the last year, much better than when we won the Treble or when we won six titles [trophies] in a row.

"My last year at Munich was much, much better than my first.

"So here, the last day I will be manager, I will be better than now. You need to make mistakes, to understand many things and understand players," he added.

The two-time Champions League winning mentor also spoke about the pressures of time facing him, in addition to citing his move to England as a learning curve. 

"I know I don't have time, but I will try.

"If you do not win, they are going to fire you and another guy is going to take your place. That is going to happen, definitely.

"I decided to prove myself and for my family, to move on from our comfort zone. That is why I chose Manchester to prove myself and have a new challenge.

"If people think: 'Pep's here; City will win.' No. That's not something you can switch on or off. You need many, many other things to change and we are in the process of doing that.

"It's crazy to think I will transform everything. I came to learn. I deserve to be happy as well, and I am so happy when I feel emotion about the way my team plays," he concluded.

City find themselves 7 points adrift leaders Chelsea who have a game in hand albeit against fellow title challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

The Citizen's next league fixture is an away trip to Everton at Goodison Park on January 15.

Kick off is scheduled at 15:30.

 

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