Pep spoke and said he does not think City have a confidence issue-
“No [confidence is not an issue],” said the boss.
“You have to see how the players run, how far, how they try and the body language. We never give up. The team is always there, that is my feeling.
Pep also spoke about the teams performance vs Newcastle-
“You [the media] analyse the result. Of course, it’s not good for us. It’s good for Newcastle.
“I know it doesn’t count but I have to analyse the performance. The performance was good.”
“My opinion is that we played good,” he added.
“We played good with the ball, we were solid and we conceded few counter attacks, but football is how many goals you score and how you don’t concede.
“[I] accept that. Sometimes it happens.
“We had a good build up, we attacked inside a lot and we found a lot of space.
“Today, after 1-2, it was difficult. It was last season and this season as well. They have taken results against Tottenham and Manchester United.
“What can we say of the team? Create more than the opponent and concede few. That’s happened. After that, we try to improve our clinical position and to defend as well as possible.”
Later, Pep spoke about the title race and Burnley-
“I am not thinking about how many games we have to [win on the] run,” he said after our 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.
“We try to win the next one. Last season, when we were here, we were not talking about the Premier League and how many games we had to win. It’s not about that.”
“Now we recover, prepare and try to win at Burnley. That is what we have to do and after for the derby to make these steps.”
Pep made good points about the performance Saturday, but its a doubt as to whether his players believed it. It of course does not help that almost all teams now play with at least five in the back and a very compact and narrow defense. Still, that is Pep’s job to help break down the opponent, but the players need to do their part too.
Thoughts on Pep’s comments?