Guardiola warns City: 'Spurs recreation is must-win'


Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is just not pushing the panic button regardless of his group’s current poor type.

City tackle Tottenham on the Etihad stadium on Thursday searching for a win to chop the hole on Premier League leaders Arsenal to 5 factors.

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Saturday’s 2-1 derby loss at Manchester United, which adopted their defeat towards Southampton within the Carabao Cup, left Guardiola’s aspect eight factors behind the Gunners.

“We have been in this position many times in the past, many, many times,” Guardiola stated in Wednesday’s information convention. “I’m never relaxed even when we are eight points ahead.

“The stress is the following recreation. We’ve got to win the following recreation.”

City have not lost three competitive games since April 2018. They have won one and lost four of their previous five Premier League games against Tottenham.

“The one vital factor is the following recreation,” Guardiola said. “You may drop factors when you find yourself forward however when you find yourself behind, you possibly can’t afford to lose factors.”

City have created just one scoring opportunity in the last two games.

“We’ve got to enhance our recreation, management what we will management,” he said. “That’s what huge groups must do. I’ve to discover a resolution.

“Sometimes our fluidity hasn’t been as good as usual. We need to spread the defensive line. We have struggled in the last two games.”

Guardiola stated his membership’s current dip is just not all the way down to the mistaken mentality of the gamers.

“No, not at all with this group of players,” he stated.

Guardiola, in the meantime, stated he has already put Saturday’s VAR controversy behind him and had instructed the gamers to take action as properly.

In Manchester United’s 2-1-win — Bruno Fernandes‘ equaliser was allowed to face regardless of the linesman’s flag initially going as much as rule it out on account of Marcus Rashford being offside when Casemiro performed his via ball.

Regardless of complaints by City gamers, the objective was allowed to face with Rashford not deemed to be interfering with play.

“It’s in the past, nothing’s going to change,” Guardiola stated. “Our focus is on Tottenham. That was my message to the team in the changing room after the game.”

Guardiola confirmed Kevin de Bruyne is on the market for Thursday’s recreation after he missed Tuesday’s coaching session for private causes.

The Belgium midfielder has scored three targets and arrange 16 others in 25 appearances in all competitions this season.

Defenders Ruben Dias and John Stones are additionally obtainable for City after recovering from respective accidents.

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