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‘We’ve lived like a cat’, Guardiola says Manchester City needed a shake

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says defeat against Aston Villa was a reality check that the club needed.

After the defeat at Aston Villa on Wednesday, Manchester City now are winless in the Premier League in their last four games and slipped to fourth in the table.

Ahead of Sunday’s game at Luton, Guardiola admitted that this result will help them because everyone at Man City needed a shake.

“As a manager I sometimes need that, I need that challenge,” said Guardiola at a press conference.

I think for everyone it is good. I think it’s necessary to live that.

For a long time, we’ve lived like a cat (strokes head) and (known) how good we are.

“We need it to say: ‘Guys this business – it’s terrible’. You are unbeatable and then, oh my God, you cannot win one game – from nothing.

“Maybe for myself first, I need that challenge to prove myself, that I’m a good manager, to help the players overcome that situation.

“For the players it’s a good challenge to say: ‘Aston Villa were miles better than all of us, so imagine the other ones’.

The club, all the organisation, (know) we can be out of the Champions League next season, so we have to work hard. As soon as we realise (it) we come out of here quicker.

“The club needed it. One month ago I thought the club needed a shake, to be shaken. The bad results can help you to live that.”

Guardiola: It’s not about complacency

Guardiola once again rejected suggestions that his players have become complacent after winning the Premier League in the last three seasons.

He said: “It’s not about complacency. Complacency is arriving late to training, not training good, not doing a good job, it not mattering what happens.

“I’m talking just about bad results. Bad results help you to understand. When you lose games, it is necessary. It’s necessary to live that.

After, (you) make a step forward. It’s the only way.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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