Man City Guardiola said his team needed to improve the game before thinking of conquering Europe.
“People always talk a lot about the Champions League, but the truth is that Man City is not ready to win this tournament. We have created many scoring opportunities and have scored many goals in the past two seasons. Man City still keep a clean sheet. I have no doubt about the ability of the students, but we still need to improve the game and work hard, “Guardiola said before the reception of Atalanta in the third round of the round. Champions League table.
In the previous two rounds, they defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 and Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 respectively.
After two years of dominating the Premier League, Man City has signs of decline in the 2019-2020 season. They are now six points behind leaders Liverpool. For Guardiola alone, his win rate this season is 76.9%, ranking fifth among 11 seasons as a professional coach.
Since leading City in the summer of 2016, Guardiola has never reached the Champions League semi-final. In the 2016-2017 season, the blue half of Manchester lost to AS Monaco by the away goal rule. In the 2017-2018 season, they lost the heart of the Liverpool uniform. As for the 2018-2019 season, the away goals rule and VAR technology make Man City hate before Tottenham.
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In the Champions League this season, despite lacking many pillars such as Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Leroy Sane, Man City still won two matches and kept the top of the table. In the Crystal Palace victory on October 19, Guardiola did not enter any real central defender in the starting line-up. The former Barca coach ranked Fernandinho and Rodri in the center of the defense.
Before that, Guardiola had used achievement pressure to explain his restricted use of young players. In the match against Crystal Palace, Man City had 18-year-old center-back Eric Garcia on the bench but the adult player from La Masia was not allowed to play.