Pep Guardiola proved he’s a responsible coach by taking all the blame for himself after Manchester City lost 4-0 to hosts Barcelona on Thursday’s Champion’s League encounter. He says it’d be better for him to go back to Spain than consider changing his style of play.
Image: Pep Guardiola
It was a memorable game for La Blaugranas as they punished their visitors for keeping Sergio Aguero, the club’s highest goal scorer, on the bench.
Worse still, Claudio Bravo, the hyped goalkeeper who was signed to replace Joe Hart, committed a costly error by handling the ball outside his box.
With the loss against Barcelona, Pep has now recorded a fourth straight loss since winning all 10 games after taking over reigns at Manchester City. This is also a record third time in his career as a manager.
A mournful Pep said in a press conference on Friday that he’s to blame for the loss, adding that changing the club’s tactics isn’t an option at the moment. In his words: “I’m responsible for what happened.
“I’m responsible for what happened on Wednesday. When you lose 4-0, welcome to the critics. Move on.
“But I’m not going to change. I’ll go home before I change. I won 21 titles in seven seasons. That’s three a season playing in that way. Sorry guys.”
The Spaniard was asked if it would be wise for him to consider a change of tactics. He responded in confidence, saying: “You would like that? I think about that but the solution is not better than what I believe.
“But if you believe I am going to win 4-0 at the Camp Nou. No, I am good but not that. If it is not going well in the future, I will go. But the way we want to play, the academy will play, is the way I think is good.
“At Everton, one of my friends Ronald Koeman said he never faced a team playing football like Manchester City. That is the best compliment I can receive. The best title.”
The former player and head coach at Barcelona also defended his goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for the error which added to Man City’s woes. The fact that he was sent off for the offence, no doubts, tilted the game in favor of La Blaugranas.
Image shows Claudio Bravo after a red card was issued by the referee.
Pep said in the conference: “I know from the beginning when Claudio is going to make a mistake, he will be on the front page. Every defender midfielder, striker missing a penalty makes mistakes but Claudio has to fight against that.
“Sometimes you have to put a long ball. I don’t know if this time you have to put a long ball. The decision was not wrong in that moment but the action he did not pass good and that can happen.
“It is a pity because in that moment the game was open. It is a good lesson for us.”