Guardiola claims responsibility for Man City’s failings

Manchester City’s season has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride, with the Citizens excelling in the first month or so before starting to struggle, but they were at their best on Friday evening to sweep aside West Ham United.

Securing a 5-0 victory to seal their place in the FA Cup fourth-round, Manchester City showed why they’re a team to fear in the competition this season but Pep Guardiola reiterated it’s his responsibility when his side doesn’t perform.

Quoted by The Daily Mail, Guardiola admitted his side had suffered at times this season.

“In the first part of the season some really good games and good performances. But the moment we felt mistakes, especially in defence — at White Hart Lane, at Celtic — we lost our confidence to play a little bit.”

“And of course at times my ideas were not good, because I’m still in the process to know the players; what is the best position, the best way to play, to adapt to them. Sometimes I have an idea; three at the back, or play a player like this. And sometimes it didn’t work and when that happens it is always the manager.”

“I never complain to the players because, when I see them training, how they suffer and what they did in the last game against Burnley, after 65, 70 minutes with 10 against 11, two days after the game at Anfield, they want to do it.”

“You have to look at yourself and see what you have to do to help them find each other and play to each other more fluently, not all the time with aggression. And that’s my job. I have to help them. And I tell them. And most of the times we were not good, it was my responsibility.”

Manchester City travel to Everton this weekend, before facing Tottenham Hotspur in a crucial battle in the Champions League race.