This is what Pep Guardiola told his players after the Watford win
Manchester City are enjoying an unbeaten run in England’s top league, being at the top of the table, five points clear from Liverpool. And even though they are meeting Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend, they are surely fully confident ahead of this clash.
Last week, they obtained the three points after a 2-1 victory against Watford, at Vicarage Road, but it wasn’t an easy game, as the Hornets gave everything while on pitch. Watford pressed late on and gave the Citizens a real scare when Abdoulaye Doucoure sent a scary shoot with just five minutes remaining.
Eventually, Manchester City did hold on to the win, but Pep Guardiola was definitely not happy with his men’s performance from the last stage of the game.
In an interview given after the game, he said that “you can never forget to play”, as his team looked like they were too relaxed when their advantage was minimum.
PEP: You can never relax in the Premier League, that’s why it’s nice. It was never over at 0-2. The win is well deserved and of course we had to kill it but they had a lot of chances. But in general, the game was really, really good! #WATMCI
— Manchester City (@ManCity) 4. Dezember 2018
“We spoke in the dressing room that we have to learn about what happened in the last 20 or 25 minutes. Yes. That is the lesson. Never can you forget to play,” Guardiola said, according to The Mirror.
“Until the referee decides to go home you can never forget to play, play and play.”
And this is a statement any team should take into consideration, especially when leading with a difference of just one goal.
On the other side, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany didn’t agree with his boss, claiming that his team “never lose focus.”
“We had chances to make it 3-0 and anything can happen. We managed the game pretty well. You can’t win every game playing fantasy football.”
Well, considering how City is playing lately, Guardiola could forgive them if they lower the rhythm in the last minutes.