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Pep Guardiola Reflects on Recent Manchester City Results

Confidence building as away performances improve

Burnley v Manchester City - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

After a world-class volley from Dean Marney opened up the scoring, the most efficient striker in Premier League history recorded a brace to rescue points from the Sky Blues’ visit to Turf Moor.

Over the past few seasons, Manchester City’s away form has been sporadic, at best. The recent run of positive results did not go unnoticed by Pep Guardiola.

“It’s good news,” Guardiola reflected. “Away – except at White Hart Lane – we have won. They were all quite similar – complicated and difficult. You want to control that and it’s almost impossible."

Of the few difficulties the Catalan manager pointed to, differences in the squads' height was stressed. “It’s also difficult to defend against long balls. Burnley are taller than us and second balls are good. They are so dangerous. All Premier League teams do well in this area and we have to improve a little bit the way we deal with those kind of actions – in Spain and Germany, it doesn’t happen. You cannot press because there are long balls and they are taller than us. They put the ball in the channels, looking for corners and free-kicks. I have to learn what we have to do.”

But a good manager never harps on one particular issue, as problems arise all campaign long in the Premier League. “Some faults are our own fault. I also need time to understand the referees. We are so satisfied for the points and the performance, especially three days after the Champions League.” That being said, Pep still praised his team’s performance: “All of the players showed huge character and a lot of personality – and after going 1-0 down at a stadium where only Chelsea are better at home. We are so happy. We have a long week to rest a little and prepare for Chelsea.”

Sergio Agüero’s confidence seems to be at an all-time high, too, as he netted his 32nd and 33rd goals in his last 34 Premier League outings. “They were beautiful goals!” Guardiola joked. "He is talented. He played very well and moved well. From the beginning, he was ready. His body language was really good. Of course, he has the quality to score amazing goals but we need him in the box.”

After the performance at Turf Moor, Pep reflected on the general state of the Citizens at this point in the season. “[Agüero] played a really good game. It has been a huge week for us. We qualified in the Champions League, and we won at Crystal Palace and Burnley so that’s why we’re happy. I am still learning but I am in the process.”