Guardiola: Man City deserve greater title credit after derby defeat

Hope Soto
April 9, 2018

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was frustrated in defeat to Manchester Unied.

City are still holding a 13-point lead in the title race with six games left and yet it was their supporters with head in hands, some in tears, as the fans of a team that has trailed in their slipstream all season celebrated wildly. If we go two goals up against Liverpool, what happened in the derby could prey on the players' minds.

"When we were on the bus I was reading about how the reception was going to be", he explained to ESPN in Brazil.

"When you have three massive games coming up like United, Liverpool and Tottenham, with just three days between the games, of course we have to see the players' condition", he said of City's upcoming week.

"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".

Following the final whistle, Guardiola talked about how one has to remain consistent when playing the top sides, as well as expressing concern that this defeat might affect their confidence going forward.

"We know that playing here is hard".

United stormed back in the second half, though, as a Paul Pogba brace pulled them level and then an unmarked Chris Smalling volleyed in from a free-kick to spoil City's title party.

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"It's the first time we've lost two games in a row this season and now we have to recover, try again, come back to basics and win games".

"They're nearly qualified but we have 90 minutes".

"Did we play bad?"

"If it happened twice, nobody would have said anything", Hamann told Sky Deutschland. "And we didn't close it [against United]".

Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.

"Nobody believes we will go through". It would be good if you try to understand, that we played good football.

The second coming from another horrendous mistake where Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain was allowed all the space in the world by City's defence to rocket home a stunning shot to double the lead, City's defenders were too slow off the mark to close him down.

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