Pep Guardiola is a demanding man.
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We’ve all heard the stories about his ruthless streak during his time in charge at Barcelona and Bayern Munich and that’s already apparent at Manchester City despite Pep’s new club sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table with four wins from four.
Yep, Guardiola is a hard man to please.
Ahead of City’s UEFA Champions League opener against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola has given his team a warning: do better.
“We are far away from the best. We are looking for the team to compete to win the Premier League, to compete with the best teams in Europe. We are far, far away,” Guardiola said. “The way we have played up until now will not be enough to win the Premier League. We have to improve to win the Premier League from what I saw in these four games. Of course, we are so happy for the results, for the numbers and the way we’re playing after two months. But it is not enough to win the Premier League or achieve the big, big targets in the Champions League.”
So, Man City fans and players if you were getting ahead of yourselves that loud thud you can hear is Pep Guardiola sending you crashing back down to earth.
The Catalan coach is not letting his players rest for a minute and when you take on board the fact that he’s only been at City for two months you not only marvel at the remarkable impact he’s already made but you realize just how much more work there is to do.
City reached the last four of the UCL last season — the best they’ve ever done in the competition in club history — and Manuel Pellegrini led them into the knockout stages for three-straight seasons during his time in charge.
Guardiola wants more, much more, from City and to win the PL and challenge for the Champions League he knows his side must keep improving and try to perform at their scintillating best for entire games of 70-plus minutes of a game rather than just having one good half every match as has been the case thus far this season.