Guardiola vows to learn from English lesson

Pep Guardiola has urged Man City to use their Premier League disappointment as motivation.

Antonio Conte's side ground out a barely deserved 2-1 win over Manchester City on Wednesday just days after crashing to a shock 2-1 home defeat against struggling Crystal Palace.

"I will be better, definitely". I tried to adapt as much as possible.

"I was disappointed this week but I saw what we have done to improve".

Guardiola has also highlighted a weakness in his City squad, which he believes has cost them this campaign.

He added: "I knew in the first Champions League game - especially in attack - against Steaua Bucharest when we won 5-0".

"Normally, that [Steaua ] game would be 12-0".

"All these questions are important, but we have one goal which is more important than the others".

Hull's Abel Hernandez will play a part in the game after being passed fit despite being diagnosed with a dead leg in the midweek win over Middlesbrough.

Manchester City have not been as free-scoring as they would like this season, even with the assistance of their opponents.

That's because, with 65 points from 30 matches, they have a tally of two-and-a-sixth points-per-game that would have been enough to win the title in nine of the previous 24 Premier League seasons.

In all, Premier League clubs' spending on agents fees is up 38% for the 2016-17 season.

All this in a season that saw Guardiola's team exit the Champions League at the hands of Monaco before the quarter-finals, another new low for the City boss, particularly in the competition that has become the Holy Grail for City's ambitious owners.

"So this is a more interesting year for me as a manager to grow".

"In [Borussia] Dortmund with Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel he played in a two, but always as a guy who has the ability to arrive in those positions - he is good with the headers, he is good with the last pass".

Pep Guardiola is experiencing his worst season as a professional manager, and has now reportedly been involved in a tunnel bust-up after his side's 2-1 loss to Chelsea.

He said: "We have a lot of attractive things left to fight for this season".

However, Guardiola feels he has learned plenty from a hard first season in England.

The 39-year-old has sparked a remarkable turnaround in their fortunes, leading the Tigers on a superb run that has seen them win five of their past 10 matches and move out of the relegation zone.

"That would be a huge success from my point of view and, of course, we have the FA Cup".

  • Joanne Flowers