Five-goal City thrash Watford to secure Champions League spot

Despite ending a season trophyless for the first time in his managerial career, Guardiola praised City's achievement and set his sights on guiding "one of the best groups he had ever coached" to further glory.

He said: "Kevin De Bruyne is the player with the mosts assists in the league (16) and he made 10, 11, 12 crossbars".

Manchester City have clinched third place and automatic Champions League qualification following a resounding 5-0 victory over hosts Watford in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Catalan has already identified his team's main problem - their inability to convert chances into goals, a particular issue at their Etihad Stadium home.

An attempt to play them together as strikers at Middlesbrough last month failed, but Guardiola is willing to use both when he can accommodate them. "It's impossible to avoid that".

City's pace and quickness of thought was too much for the opposition and with a little more care in the penalty area they could have finished in double figures. Then maybe our gap against Chelsea and Tottenham will be shorter.

Man City have got themselves a star in Gabriel Jesus, as the Brazilian ace bagged his seventh goal in eight starts for Pep Guardiola's side against Watford.

Guardiola cited De Bruyne as a case in point when it came to the fine margins involved.

"If I was a young player, I would probably feel more anxious, but I am an experienced player and I am living really well". "I need to be honest, I'd love to play more but I just want that when I finish I can finish at City". The players used to run six kilometres a game, now it is 12 kilometres.

Mazzarri said: "I wish the fans were informed of what happened during the season".

However, Guardiola refused to comment on the future of City's out-of-contract players, including Yaya Toure, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and goalkeeper Willy Caballero. "Look at the exceptional goal he scored the last game".

Torino president Urbano Cairo said recently of his loanee between the sticks : "Hart made a few mistakes, especially when coming out for the ball. Football is like this".

But, regardless, Guardiola believes that in Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, De Bruyne and wide men Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, he also has options now within his squad to answer the problem.

'We are satisfied because we are in the Champions League and tomorrow we will think about what we need to do next season, when the pressure will be the same, ' he added.

"But I'd say this: It's easier to play from the back now than it's ever been before, although the demand is obviously to play - nearly at every single occasion - from the back".

  • Zachary Reyes