Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Guardiola: Man City deserve greater title credit after derby defeat

Guardiola: Man City deserve greater title credit after derby defeat

Victory against United would have seen City crowned champions of England for the fifth time, and they looked well on course to do so in the sweetest style in Saturday's Manchester derby as captain Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan propelled them into a richly deserved two-goal half-time lead.

It marked the first time Guardiola has suffered consecutive defeats as a manager since 2015 during his time with Bayern Munich and there may be concerns his rotational decisions to rest key players for their UEFA Champions League quarter-final may have backfired with a dent in the overall squad morale. Between Liverpool [games]? Yes!

City's dominance has been so overwhelming that many are already ranking them among the best teams in Premier League history, alongside the likes of Arsenal's "Invincibles", who won the 2003-04 title without losing a single match, and United's 1999 treble winners. "It is not Liverpool, it is the people, maybe one, two or three, but hopefully it does not happen again". "After that we have Tottenham!"

City need to overturn a 3-0 deficit in the second leg fixture at the Etihad in mid-week to progress at the expense of Liverpool into the last-four of Europe's elite club competition.

"I don't think the players have lost focus". Second half, we defended very deep, gave them no shot on target, very concentrated, but when we have the ball we have to play more football. "Today is about focusing on what we have to do".

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Pep Guardiola's side seemed to be cruising to the crown as they went in at the break with a 2-0 lead, but United conjured an extraordinary response led by two-goal Paul Pogba before Chris Smalling hit the victor.

"They are human beings and when something happens in the streets it's normal for doctors or physios to help them". "It's impossible. So they are a fantastic group of human beings, personality-wise, not on the pitch", he said. "I think, much. much more". After that, there's work ethic, trying to convince them to follow us, then after that results help confidence. That is top; it is a physical game now.

He added: "Our team tried to create and attack, that is what we have done all season, we tried to produce all of that quality and goals. That is one of the main reasons why we have done well so far".

"Being honest, in pre-season we did not expect to have the season we have".

"He's so strong, he knows how we like him, he knows how we support him", Guardiola said. We were not there. The first half the game was nearly won we were nearly there, in 10 minutes they recovered. Just like City's play at Anfield on Wednesday when Guardiola's tactics were pulled apart, not for the first time at this level in recent years.

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