Pep Guardiola isn’t here for your storylines.
It’s fair to say that a lot of faith has been restored in Manchester City following last weekend’s loss to Norwich City.
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The reigning champs hung a collective 11-0 score line in wins over Shakhtar Donetsk and Watford over the past four days, eight of those goals coming in an utterly rampant roll over the Hornets on Saturday.
So, point proven? Nope, says Pep.
“Do you think after what these guys have done for two seasons they have to prove something?”
A rhetorical question, sure, but this City team had lost to a newly-promoted team days after losing its best defender for six months. Then another center back, John Stones, fell victim to the injury bug.
Enter Fernandinho at center back. And two clean sheets.
“What I like the most is normally when it’s 5-0 at half time the second half is not serious, it’s boring but we did the opposite and we were more aggressive and made a very good second half,” Guardiola said. “People still don’t understand, journalists, pundits, former players, losing games is part of life. Opponents always deserve respect. The same feeling I have now I had after Norwich so it was not a bad performance. We can lose the games but the important thing is the approach and how we react.”
The BBC also had a pretty snarky response to Guardiola being asked about just missing the Premier League single game goals record, held by Manchester United with nine.
Bookmark this, because if he didn’t know it before the post-match, he knows it now.
“I didn’t know the record. Who is it? They deserve it, congratulations.”