Pep Guardiola said he was “angry” and “upset” at his Manchester City team after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Fulham, commenting on their wastefulness in front of goal but particularly their sloppiness in possession at times.
City converted just 3 of their 28 shots – 10 per cent – and Guardiola wants better in front of goal, but it was missed passes that seemed to annoy the Catalan more on Saturday.
“My reaction is when they miss simple things – that is when I cannot handle myself,” said Guardiola.
“When a guy has a simple ball but they make an extra pass, an extra dodge and they miss the pass, I’m angry, I’m upset with my players. They know that, we spoke many times.
“If they miss the goals or assists, I don’t care. If they are dribbling and lose the dribbling it doesn’t matter.
“But controlling the ball and passing simple, if they miss that… (on Saturday) there was many. That is why I am going to show them we can improve.”
And the famed perfectionist was so irritated by aspects of City’s performance that, according to Martin Blackburn of The Sun he cancelled Sunday’s day off and called his team in for an extra training session.
Guardiola has spoken frequently about how much more difficult this season will be than the last, and plans to push his players even harder this season – and it seems the boss isn’t shy about inconveniencing his players by hauling them in on days off.
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