Pep Guardiola was angry and animated on the touch line, but sounded more positive notes after Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday.
The City boss says his side’s problem has been in the boxes this year, that his team has controlled the ball and tried to take its game to the opposition.
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And while mistakes hurt his side in Wednesday’s loss, he said he loves the way the club is improving. Guardiola went as far as to say he is lucky to coach City’s collection of talent, and that he had the better side in both of this season’s losses to Chelsea.
“Absolutely, but they got six points and we have zero,” Guardiola said. “Football is results but the way we play, today I’m happier than when we played Arsenal and we got one point.”
Why was he so pleased? There’s an answer in here, one that explains why Guardiola is viewed as a very unique mind.
“We play for us. We compete against us. The performance is for ourselves, and to go after the game and say, ‘I did absolutely everything’. We are working from the beginning when we met each other.
“When I am a spectator I see when one team is afraid and just waiting for one action to win the game. I don’t want to be reactive. I want my team to be proactive. It’s not easy.”
Expect City to look very different after another transfer window (and with healthy Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan). Guardiola is clearly feeling like his team is doing well despite a lack of key pieces to his system.