Pep Guardiola believes that sticking to football's old principles has resulted in a good performance for the top club.
"We said, 'OK, we have to come back to our first principle,"
, about the times during whichManchester City
seemed to be losing control over the matches.
As Guardiola says, it happened right after the match against
when the players had two opportunities to win the game but they passed it up.
"move the ball quicker, do more passes, stay in position, run less with the ball, do it together."
: The coach believes that this is the way a match must go on.
"after that game, I felt this is not the team I can recognise myself. I didn’t like what I watched, I didn’t like what I saw.
"We had to reconstruct the team from that point. What we are as a team, how we had success in the past.
“We had to come back to our game, move the ball quicker, do more passes, stay in position, run less with the ball, do it together."
He mentioned the players' nice co-working after that.
“After that we didn’t press ourselves too much. We just said to win the next game, don't think we are in a position to win the Premier League or whatever, we are not good enough to compete right now. Win the next game with our principles and see what happened."
He pointed out that he wants to stick to those principles for a while.
"A defeat is coming. It is going to come. This is exceptional, because this has never before been done since English football started.
"We came back to what I said from day one when I arrived here. We have to do this, this, this. The results and the qualities of the players did the rest."
the manager said