English Premiership

Pep still 'needs time' to acclimatise

Pep Guardiola (TEAMtalk)
Pep Guardiola (TEAMtalk)

Manchester - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he is still learning to adapt to the demands of English football as he seeks to end his club's five-game winless run against rivals Manchester United in the League Cup on Wednesday.

City made a blistering start to the campaign, winning their first 10 games in all competitions, but momentum has been stalled in recent weeks, and Sunday's 1-1 draw against Southampton marked the fifth consecutive game without a victory.

Guardiola's side are also trailing Barcelona by five points in their Champions League group after three games.

"Our last few games have been tough," Guardiola told British media. "If you are winning a game 3-0 in the last 15 or 20 minutes you can have more control and it gets a little easier.

"But we were playing 10 against 11 against Barcelona, it's physical and tough in the Champions League.

"After that there was the game against Southampton, when we made a mistake to go behind. Three days after Manchester United it is West Brom, then Barcelona and they are so important as well," he said.

"I am still learning about football in this country."

Guardiola has told his players not to lose faith in his high-risk, high-reward style of football, but has said he needs time to assess his side.

"Even when we were winning 10 games in a row I felt we had to make a lot of effort to win those games. You cannot win any game here without spending a lot of energy," he added.

"I am still learning how the team reacts to winning and not winning, to playing at home after a Champions League game, and I am pretty sure I need time."

City, still top of the league on goal difference ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool, travel to face West Bromwich Albion in the league on Saturday.

Fixtures
Wed 08 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bramall Lane
Wed 08 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Manchester City
Newcastle United
Etihad Stadium
Wed 08 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
West Ham United
Burnley
London Stadium
Results
Tue 07 Jul 20
Arsenal 1
Leicester City 1
Tue 07 Jul 20
Crystal Palace 2
Chelsea 3
Tue 07 Jul 20
Watford 2
Norwich City 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
33
29
89
2. Manchester City
33
21
66
3. Chelsea
34
18
60
4. Leicester City
34
17
59