Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Pep Guardiola vows to learn from testing first season and promises improvement

Pep Guardiola vows to learn from testing first season and promises improvement

A serious title challenge did not materialise and they exited the European competition at the last-16 stage.

Which club needs Griezmann most this summer? "Normally, that game would be 12-0", Guardiola said.

City's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in midweek left them in fourth place, 14 points behind the league leaders with eight games to play, while Hull climbed out of the relegation zone with a 4-2 win over Middlesbrough.

"But when that happened we didn't win three or four different games".

"We created chances but we had problems to score and when that happens after that we suffered".

"Vincent was injured but he was ready for the last two or three weeks. Against Palace, we played better than in a lot of games that we won this season but we lost so it's just important to get the points no matter how you play".

"It's very important for us to look at ourselves and not the others".

"We have to be honest, we were not good enough to compete for the Premier League".

The Manchester City boss has had a tough baptism in English football after glittering spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Catalan also needs to win the FA Cup if he is to avoid the first trophyless season of his career.

And he is convinced he will come back stronger for his experiences. That being said, both teams can score and both teams have defensive issues so betting on both teams to score seems like a really good bet to me.

"I was expecting from the beginning of the season to fight for the Premier League until the end".

However it should be pointed out that last season is one of only two in the past 15 years where 82 points would've left you Champions, the other being the 2010-11 campaign.

"The only regret that I have myself is that knowing our problem was in the boxes [and] I was not able to solve it". That is what I should do in advance to correct that but it is part of our growth.

"I never thought I arrived here that I knew absolutely everything".

"We'll see tomorrow if I decide to start him or if he will be on the bench", Pochettino said. Okay we are a little bit disappointed, but I quite happy with the way we made good things in this season. I feel like we're better now so that is a more interesting year for me as a manager to grow and handle this kind of situation. I didn't complain, I didn't give up. We saw against Barcelona, we saw in many games when he played.

"Still we have a lot of lovely things to fight for - to qualify for the Champions League is so important and would be a huge success, and we have the semi-finals of the FA Cup".

However, Guardiola has found things harder in the Premier League, losing six league matches for the first time and looking like scrapping it out for a top four spot and a possible FA Cup final win.

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