Guardiola Tasks Manchester City To Win More Matches

Manchester City, Pep GuardiolaManchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has challenged his players to prove that they have bounced back stronger.

The call follows City’s 5-0 win over West Ham on Friday in the third round of the FA Cup competition.

Guardiola noted that it was such dominant display that would help his side catch up on Premier League leaders, Chelsea.

He added that it would also sustain Manchester City’s challenges in the FA Cup and Champions League.

“Finally, we were able to keep the ball more than the last games where it was almost impossible. In the last month or so, our passing was up and down and our game was unpredictable, but today we controlled it the way we played earlier this season.

“We won points when we weren’t good in the past and I spoke about our heart, but we cannot achieve our targets if we don’t try again to play.

“We are not as strong or as quick as the other teams. If we don’t play this way we can’t compete with them,” he said.

The Spaniard has been frustrated with his players lately after they managed to carry out his game-plan in a series of irregular displays.

However, he was overjoyed after Friday’s victory, saying his side have finally regained their form.

Mourinho Rues United’s Congested Schedule

mourinhoManchester United Manager, Jose Mourinho has rued his side’s tight fixture schedule as he contemplated a potentially tough run of matches in October.

United got their Europa League campaign off the ground with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Zorya Luhansk at Old Trafford on Thursday and host Group A leaders Fenerbahce in their next game on October 20.

Prior to that, they face a Monday night match at arch rivals Liverpool, with a trip to Chelsea next in the Premier League, and a crunch game against Manchester City in the League Cup to follow.

“We could play Liverpool on the Saturday, we could play Liverpool on the Sunday but we play Liverpool on the Monday,’ he said.

“We have this kind of poisoned gift of playing on Monday which creates a very difficult situation but we want to try to qualify for the next round.

“There’s a long way to go but we will play against Fenerbahce with a good team,” he said.

His team needed the intervention of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to beat Zorya 1-0 on Thursday.

Ibrahimovic, who turns 35 on Monday October 3, headed home a second-half winner to see off the Ukrainian outfit.

Mourinho had signaled his intentions by picking a strong side that also featured world record signing Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.

He was rewarded with a third consecutive win in all competitions to lift the mood at the club after they had previously suffered three straight losses.