Guardiola warns City players of League leaders

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Pep Guardiola has warned his side to change their attitude if they want to catch up with Premier League Leader Arsenal.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stated that his side needs to change the way they approach game with they want to close the gap with Arsenal.

The Etihad team currently sit second on the Premier League table 5 point behind the League leaders with a game at hand as both team are yet to face each other in the Premier League.

When asked whether Arsenal’s meeting with fellow challengers Manchester United on Sunday represented a chance for his team to close the gap, Guardiola insisted it wouldn’t matter unless they improved their own form.

“It’s not about that,” Guardiola told the media. “[Even if] they lose against United, if we play this way we are not going to win, we aren’t going to catch them. We have to change ourselves.

“Listen, we are second in the table,” he added. “We are not 25 points behind Arsenal, still we are there. It is 57 points still to play.”

But as to whether they can still win this season’s title, Guardiola responded: “In this way, no chance.

“We have the FA Cup, we have the Champions League and next season but the club has to react.”

City were staring at a third straight loss when trailing Tottenham 2-0 at half-time on Thursday. But despite a thrilling second-half comeback to triumph 4-2, Guardiola subsequently blasted his players and the club’s fans for complacency after winning four Premier League titles in five years.

Ahead of hosting Wolves on Sunday, the former Barcelona player and coach repeated his message.

“I won four leagues in Spain when I was a player. Four in a row and the fifth was not the same, and sixth was not the same. I was not starving enough. [Too much] caviar.

“I understand the players but I am here [to motivate them] and the chairman knows that. I want to be here but if I lose the team I cannot be here.”

 

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