Guardiola pleased with Manchester City progress

"We talk about the players' future, it is impossible we don't talk".

However, Guardiola has found things harder in the Premier League, losing six league matches for the first time and looking like scrapping it out for a top four spot and a possible FA Cup final win. I was happy because the first target was to qualify but after that, in the Everton and Middlesbrough games, I realised we had to play really, really, well to win games.

However it should be pointed out that last season is one of only two in the past 15 years where 82 points would've left you Champions, the other being the 2010-11 campaign.

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

"It's very important for us to look at ourselves and not the others".

I never came in as a manager, either at Barcelona, Bayern Munich or when I arrived here, thinking I know absolutely everything.

Guardiola added that City will put all their energy into securing a place in next season's Champions League by finishing in the top four.

The Spaniard said: "My feeling is during the season we made really good things". We created chances but we had problems to score and after that we suffered.

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. Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus remain long-term absentees, though the Brazilian has been making progress by returning to light training.

Marco Silva: "We need to start translating our home form to when we go away because in front of our own fans we are playing well and with a lot of confidence. Tottenham's result is important, but our results are the most important things".

They have players with a lot of talent and I admire the way they want to play.

With the FA Cup being City's only realistic chance of winning a trophy this term, it is likely to be the worst season of Guardiola's managerial career.

"The mistakes are not just against us, the mistakes are against everybody", said the former Barca boss, who called for a summit with referee chief Mike Riley following the 1-1 draw with Liverpool last month. [On Kompany and Delph] I am happy for both of them because they deserve to play.

"Everybody makes mistakes - me, the players and the troupe for Mike Riley".

  • Julie Sanders