Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims he has long known the reason behind his teams failure this season since his first week.
The Catalan has all through this season lamented that the blues are “not strong enough in the boxes” – that they do not score their chances and concede too easily. He claims this has resulted in them dropping out of the title race before Christmas and crashing out of the UEFA Champions League at the last-16 stage.
Manchester City won their first 10 games of the 2016/2017 EPL season but then went on to draw and lose three of their next six games, drawing three consecutive home league games 1-1 against Everton, Middlesbrough and Southampton.
Pep claims he knew of his teams problem since his first week of the season, he made this known to journalist during a press conference ahead of City’s meeting against Hull today. He said.
“In the Champions League qualifiers – especially in attack – against Steaua Bucharest when we won 6-0 [sic, it was 5-0]. Normally, that game would be 12-0,” Guardiola said. “We missed two penalties and so many chances. I was happy because the first target was to qualify but after that with the Everton and Middlesbrough games I realised we had to play really, really, really good to win the games.
“When that happened, we didn’t win three or four different games. We created chances but we had problems to score and when that happened we suffered,” he added. “How many times they shot in our goal? Two or three? They scored two goals. We have to work harder and better to minimise these kind of things and the way we play, especially in the big games, we were good but not good enough.
“We have to be honest with ourselves. We were not good enough to compete for the Premier League.”