Manchester City should do better next season: Pep Guardiola
LONDON: Pep Guardiola He refused to criticize his players, but said they should do better next season after Manchester city wasted numerous opportunities, failed a penalty and had Oleksandr Zinchenko sent in a 2-0 Premier league loss in Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Spaniard took about an hour to appear for his post-match press conference, which caused his players to speak after a sixth defeat in the season's league that left them 22 points behind the Liverpool leader.
But Guardiola was giving up little, lamenting an unusually bad day at the office for his dreaded attack force that has helped the City accumulate more than 100 goals in all competitions this season.
They (Liverpool) are unstoppable with many points ... now it is the goal for the (other) competitions and the quality of the Champions League next season, Guardiola said.
The distance is very large and next season we have to do better.
City had 18 goal attempts compared to the three of Tottenham, the hosts took the lead in the 63rd minute when rookie Steven Bergwijn flew home with the first attempt on the side of José Mourinho.
Despite playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men after Zinchenko's red card, City enjoyed almost 70 percent overall possession, but Sergio Agüero wasted several good opportunities and Ilkay Gundogan had a penalty saved by the goalkeeper of the Spurs, Hugo Lloris, before missing a babysitter.
We are there in the six-yard box and we cannot score, Guardiola, whose team has failed to score in consecutive games for the first time in his reign.
Someday you will click.
With their hopes of a third successive Premier league title all over bar the shouting, Guardiola said motivation was not a problem for his side. The Champions League, however, is not their priority.
We played well, but we lost the game. (The Spurs) came (to the box) twice and scored two goals. I don't have many things to say about our performance, he said.
We have to accept it and work on that. We need to analyze that. Soccer is to create opportunities and grant few. We play to win the game. I did not see the lack of desire to win or that we are far away.