Pep Guardiola explains Premier League failure

PEP GUARDIOLA says he has learned important lessons from his worst-ever season as a manager.

However, the pair are due to meet again in the Premier League this weekend, and Guardiola will no doubt be hoping for a similar result as they bid to cement their top four status. "He's growing in his mentality and I think he's playing a really good season".

"You learn about that, you don't regret that I was not able knowing that our problems in the boxes don't solve themselves".

Pep Guardiola, previously in charge at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, had never experienced home and away championship defeats to the same opposition manager in the same season. They have a great squad with great players and a great coach, the best in the world.

"We felt that before the game today. I didn't complain, I didn't give up". Even when City crushed Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League play-off in August, Guardiola felt his side were short of the required standard.

First things first though- there's a league title to win, and Chelsea can not afford to coast. Normally, that game would be 12-0. "We missed two penalties and so many chances", he said.

"The way we played, especially in the big games, we were good but we were not good enough".

"Tottenham could win eight games". Teams are now keeping us in mind when they talk about winning the league or finishing in the top four.

"We don't often have time to work on formations, only if we've got one game a week", Rose said.

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.

Nonetheless, Chelsea are favourites to pick up a 24th Premier League win of the campaign on Saturday, although Conte may look to make some changes to keep players fit and fresh ahead of the run in.

Premier League clubs had splashed out 130 million pounds on agents's fees in the corresponding year earlier period.

However, Guardiola feels he has learned plenty from a hard first season in England. He's having a really good season but for all my players, and for me, we will remember it only if we win. Qualifying will be a huge success from my point of view.

"We can not forget Fabian has had a lot of problems the past year here at Manchester City".

  • Julie Sanders