Pep Guardiola was relieved to see the cravings back in his Manchester City team as they won 4-0 at Watford in the Premier League.
Losing on Saturday to Toolbox in their FA Cup semi-final came as a significant blow to City, with Guardiola dissatisfied with the efficiency, especially the first-half proving atWembley
After that game, Guardiola stated it was “the way we lost” that injured him more than the result, questioning the hunger amongst his players for the fight.
He was more pleased with the screen at Watford, however, as 2 objectives from Raheem Sterling were followed by Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte getting on the scoresheet.
Guardiola informed BBC Radio 5 Live: “The minimum, we did it today.”
The City manager described what he requires of his players, stating: “We can win and we can lose. In your profession as a football gamer, you lose more games than you win, however likewise constantly you have to finish a game and enter into a locker space and state, ‘I did everything to win the game. I’ m tired and I did whatever to win the game’.
“And when this doesn’t happen, we cannot be proud of ourselves.”
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Guardiola worried even Sterling, after another exceptional season separately, would not be completing the league campaign with an excellent sense of achievement.
“He’s quality. The personal achievements have always related to how we have done in the Premier League and we’ve finished second, far away from the champions,” Guardiola stated. “So that’s why not even Raheem must be happy with the season we have done in the Premier League.”
Guardiola likewise stated the Expert Footballers’ Association’s gamer of the year award need to go to a Liverpool star this season, eliminating City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne as a major competitor for the honour.
Foden, who rubbed home City’s 3rd goal at Watford from close quarters, stated: “We weren’t like ourselves versus Toolbox. I do not believe the energy existed from minute one and we were dissatisfied and we desired to be back on track today.
” I believe we did that well. You might see we were pushing from the front and back to our typical selves.
” I feel great at the minute. I’m carrying out rather well. I simply desire to keep enhancing and going.
“There’s still a far way to go for me to be a regular starter. I’m going to try and take it into the rest of this year and keep going from there.”