Pep Guardiola: Don’t question Man City players’ attitude
Pep Guardiola insists it is wrong to question the Manchester City players’ attitude following their late victory.
Sub Gabriel Jesus scored in the 80th minute at the King Power Stadium as their grip strengthened on second place putting them seven points ahead of third-place Leicester.
Guardiola says nobody ought to be questioning his gamers, referencing their seven domestic cup wins out of eight (such as the Community Shield).
“Don’t inquire regarding the mindset of these guys, if you still doubt the things that they have done, this team of players winning seven titles in the previous eight competitions we have played in,” said the City boss.
“The way we’ve played along with our character, there’s little doubt about that – the response we’d after missing the penalty against a remarkably excellent team.
“I’m so pleased for the victory and how we performed.”
After spending Most the year to the sidelines with a knee problem, and returning on Wednesday against West Ham , centre-back Aymeric Laporte endured at the King Power Stadium.
He was substituted in half-time, and Guardiola disclosed that the Frenchman himself had asked to come off, and it wasn’t because of trauma.
“He asked me to be substituted, but he’s not injured. He didn’t feel. We cannot overlook that four or even five months you need to run a lot Kelechi Iheanacho, with Jamie Vardy, Harvey Barnes – . It had been different against West Ham. But he is OK.”
Asked if Laporte could play 90 minutes from Real Madrid at City’s Champions League last-16 initial leg tie on Wednesday, Guardiola stated:”Yes”
Guardiola also stated Raheem Sterling can recover in time by a hamstring injury to play on Wednesday.
“I think so. He’s getting better. This sort of injury is a bit dangerous. He feels extremely nicely, but the doctor says two or three weeks.
“So we have a danger, in this game against Madrid, and in the second leg we want him to be able to play.”
Guardiola then joked:”Now we’re 19 points off the title, perhaps we’ve got just a tiny chance! I don’t understand? No, we do not have any chance to win the Premier League, therefore once we must do it it’s much better to have a risk. It’s important for us he is able because he is a special player for a number of factors.”
Sergio Aguero’s penalty miss means City have missed their past four place kicks in the Premier League, and have scored four of their 11 in all competitions this year. However, Guardiola is determined they will score their next penalty.
“Well, the next time we’ll score! It is a issue. What I want, I informed them , the next person to take a punishment be certain that he will score, although we overlook from Tottenham, Atalanta.
“It is not normal for its quality we have, next we are likely to score, and the taker simply be confident, to mention: I’m going to score. That’s what I said.”
Leicester felt they should have had a penalty in the first half when James Maddison’s free-kick hit on the arm of Kevin De Bruyne, but the officials urged his hands to be too near his body to be in an unnatural position.
Dennis Praet was then penalised at the second half for a similar episode, where his penalty was missed by Aguero.
Leicester director Brendan Rodgers couldn’t comprehend why it was not awarded, while taking the Praet handball choice was a reasonable one.
“It is completely clear, so not to get that was unsatisfactory,” said Rodgers. “I think that it’s that the consistencies we’re all searching for in the sport. I believe it was fairly obvious.
“It is in fact one reason VAR has been brought in. You place up your hands, it is moving towards the target, towards the corner, also it is stopped by Kevin De Bruyne, so for me personally it is a clear penalty. But we didn’t get it.
“Praet’s hand moves up, and it is a punishment, because that is the principle. We take that. However, you get it for you as well.
“We’ve had them a few times now, in the cup , and here now, in which the palms are up, Kevin is obstructing his face, and it is a natural reaction. But his hands up, most of the players have their palms down, and we didn’t get it. So it is hard on us.
“Both are supernatural. He’s lifted up his arms. When you have a look at the response of the other gamers at the wall, then the palms are down, which means you’ve got to take it. It is handball, and we did not get it.”
Rodgers also feels the PGMOL’s earlier admission that”human error” led to them not sending off Tottenham’s Giovani Lo Celso to get a handle on Cesar Azpilicueta in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea is worrying, particularly in connection with the timing of the statement.
“it is a bit worrying when it comes out during the game,” added that the Leicester boss. “That’s when it’s a worry. I don’t think that’s the opportunity to be getting out comments. I was driving to the match , and I have discovered the apology since I am driving in, that I find staggering. You have got to check it, examine it.
“I really don’t think the VAR is your problem, it is the interpretations around every one of these incidents we need to be improved, and I am confident that will happen in the conclusion of the year – maybe not now, with 11 games to go. There is a lot to have board and a great deal to enhance.”