Pep's pop at City's strikers could mark the end for Aguero

18 March, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Felix Jensen
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With third-placed City just one point ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool in the battle for a top-four finish, Guardiola needs a lift and Sagna called on his team-mates to get back on track with a vital three points at Eastlands on Sunday.

Guardiola is still disappointed in his wards considering the fact that this will be the first time he is facing elimination in the Champions League round of 16 in his career as a manager.

Before the game he had said that the only way City could beat a team like Monaco was by "taking the ball and attacking as much as possible".

Guardiola has criticized Aguero at times this season, mainly for his lack of work rate and tendency not to track back.

"We are playing very well at the moment and we have a team that plays mostly attractive games and sometimes the pundits are waiting to analyse", Toure added of the Monaco clash. "I thought it makes sense to see it as a real opportunity and not put some special pressure in it".

Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger hoping last weekend's FA Cup win over minnows Lincoln has lifted his players' shattered morale. But they can learn, that's all you can do.

"Our job is to do as we well can". Would I have been disappointed after going out of the Champions League? Yes. Six or seven fighting for the places.

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A fiercely-contested clash was tilted Chelsea's way by N'Golo Kante's fine victor, while Blues boss Antonio Conte and United manager Jose Mourinho nearly came to blows on the touchline.

"I am sure tomorrow will be a fantastic game again". Instead, the City manager was angry and exasperated, carrying the air of a man let down by a group of players who, quite simply, were not - and are not - as good as he is.

You can only go all-out attack if your team actually try to attack and, for long periods, there was a complete breakdown between midfield and the forward line.

Guardiola has also failed to rectify City's problems at full-back, despite having ample time to identify and address the issue prior to his arrival, while he continues to irritate supporters by constantly referring to the club's lack of pedigree in European competition. But because they are human beings, they missed a few chances and they are out.

"Yeah sure. Even when we won the competition in Barcelona, or got to the semi-finals at Bayern, we were never sure we were going to win it, but in that way we can win it", said the Spaniard, the mastermind of Barca's 2009 and 2011 triumphs. It just shows that the Premiership is a great business model but is not really helping in improving football standards.

"My mistake was being unable to convince them to do that".

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