Guardiola Slams Players For Poor Display
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola Slams Players For Poor Display
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola slammed his players for their lacklustre performance in the 2-1 loss against Swiss giants Basel on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League.
Although the Citizens ended up on the losing end of the spectrum, the did manage to comfortably qualify for the quarter-finals as they won 5-2 on aggregate over the two-leg tie.
Guardiola, who rested a number of first-team players for the match, said he was not impressed with how his team went about their business at the Etihad and he was quick to highlight the poor second-half display.
“In the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play, Guardiola said, as quoted by the Daily Express.
"Just to pass the ball without movement, to pass and pass for its own sake is nothing. In the second half, we were really poor. We started the game in the right way but after 1–1 we did not play well.
“You create passes to create opportunities but only to pass for itself, that isn’t football. Any team that makes six changes may have problems but in the second half we thought we had finished the game.”
“From tomorrow we will be happy to be in the quarterfinals for the second time at this club so we are new in that position and of course we are so happy for that," Guardiola told a news conference.
Manchester City joined the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and Juventus in the quarter-finals of the competition.
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