Pep Guardiola is confident in his team’s ability to bounce back after a crushing defeat to city rivals Manchester United over the weekend. Pep in this week’s availability spoke about the 10 mathces left, Southampton and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and much more.
Let’s dive in-
“We have ten games left and we have to win six or seven to do it (win the title) mathematically,” Guardiola asserted.
“There was a mix of disappointment, sadness (after Sunday). The second day was better and today completely on fire. It’s a common reaction.
“Everyone realised how difficult it is to win good games, to do a good run. We did it and now we focus on the next one.
“There is still a lot of work to do to arrive in the last games in contention to win the Premier League. We are alive in all competitions.
“No, absolutely not (will there be a change in preparation). Even when we win, it’s forgotten. When we lose, the same.
“We are not going to be depressed - it’s football. You can lose games. The not normal thing is what we have done [winning run]. United is a top side, top club.
“Every team is fighting for something. We are seeing how tough the games are. Tomorrow will not be an exception.
“We think of the next one, be focused, positive. We want to continue being who we are and if we do this, we will win more games.”
“I have an idea of course about who will play, but tomorrow I will decide.”
It would be good to see some more rotation and seeing Aguero and Foden get playing time would be great. I would like to see Doyle and Harwood-Bellis as well, but that seems unlikely. The positives are that while a difficult opponent is ahead of City, the Saints could lay an egg and see City surpass them with much ease.
Either way with 10 matches left, it’d be a shame to let up now, so intensity is of much importance.
A win is needed.