Guardiola Takes Responsibility For City’s Recent Poor Performance

Manchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola hastaken responsibility for his side’s recent performances in the Champions League as well as the premier league.

City lost by 3-0 to Liverpool in the first leg of the quarterfinal stage of the champions league and in their premier league match they blew a first half 2-0 lead to Manchester United leading to a 3-3 home defeat.

According  to report from Mirror Sport the City manager stated: “Yeah, it can happen,” said Guardiola. “It’s difficult in itself, it’s difficult for our mood not winning and, yeah, that can happen.

“But maybe we will improve for the future on that, to realise that sometimes it’s not enough what you’ve done to win the games.

“In the first-half we tried to do what we’ve done all season, but maybe it’s not enough to win at Champions League level.

“If that’s so, I will have to recognise that I’m not good enough or the way we want to play is not able to do that.

“But I don’t think so, because of what we’ve done this season and in the first-half [against United], even in moments in the second-half.

I have to be happy. I like to watch my team, the way we play this season and the way we played in the first half against United.

But when you play against Liverpool or in Europe, when you have that momentum, you have to close the door. And we didn’t close it [against United].” Mirror Sport reported.

Despite winning the Champions League twice with Barcelona, Guardiola has struggled in the tournament since leaving the Nou Camp in 2012.

He suffered three successive semi-final defeats with Bayern Munich and went out at the last 16 stage to Monaco with City last season.

Asked how he can make City more clinical in terms of closing out games, Guardiola said: “I thought many times about that.

At Barcelona [with Bayern Munich] it was 0-0 after 77 minutes, then 3-0 at 90 minutes. It happened many times. Maybe it’s my fault. I have to think about it.

“But I feel that when you dominate and create chances, you are closer to winning games and I think this season showed that.

“After Liverpool we want to improve. The first-half [against United] was nice, but football is a results business and the result was not good.”

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