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Frustrated Pep Defends City Tactics

Frustrated Pep Guardiola Defends Manchester City Tactics

By Keegan Kruger - Mar 16, 2017 08:59 AM @KeeganKruger

A frustrated Pep Guardiola refused to blame his tactics or his defenders for Manchester City's exit from the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday night.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Pep Guardiola's frustration on the night

After winning the first leg 5-3, the Spanish boss decided to field an attacking line-up in the return fixture against the French side, which seemingly backfired as City ended up losing 3-1 and being knocked out courtesy of the away goals rule.

Before the game got under way, Guardiola told the press that he felt that attacking Monaco would be the best form of defence, which is why he picked such an attacking line-up, despite being in control of the tie.

"All managers make mistakes but I don't think it was down to a tactical mistake," Pep told Sky Sports.

"It's simple. The difference was between the first and the second half. In the second half we tried to win the game, we tried to play. I did it all my career in that way.

"But the problem was the first half. We weren't there. We wanted to show personality, not to let them think, but they could pass and pass the ball. We forgot to do that in the first half.

"My mistake was being not able to convince them to do that. I did in the second half but it was too late."

Guardiola was then asked if his defence was to blame for the team's exit from the competition.

"No, it's not about the defence. Today was not about that. Why was the second half a problem with the defence? The problem was the first half when we were not there," he added.

"Our strikers have to be aggressive and pick the ball up, but we didn't, at this crucial time. That's why we are out.

"We have to play for more than 45 minutes. It's not about the defence and the goalkeeper."

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City's elimination from the UCL means this is the first time the Spaniard has failed to take a team at least as far as the semi-finals of the tournament.

Do you think Guardiola's tactics were to blame for City's exit on the night? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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mhlefile Joined: 22 Aug 2016
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mhlefile Mar 16, 2017 05:13 PM
@Mpho Poster , I guess YAya also managed to help city against everyon in 4 NNill
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Izec247 Mar 16, 2017 05:10 PM
No matter what he says, he has defence and goalkeeper problems. He also has an ageing squad, particularly defenders, holding midfielders and goalkeepers
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mhlefile Mar 16, 2017 05:08 PM
I always fail to understand the way the EPL Lovers view football sometimes I would ask myself whether they behave like this because of frustrations or what I mean for the past 10 years EPL teams has been failing tp compete in continental cups and people likes to blame the coaches instead of blaming senior managers who are setting the structures for the teams.RPL teams are failing in continental cups because of their high tempo pressing football whereas their competitors knows when and how Yo press and they are the master of controlling their own style of play
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Schweinstriker_31 Mar 16, 2017 03:09 PM
city is no barca or bayern
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Mpho Poster Mar 16, 2017 02:20 PM
@NHLOH sorry for the loss bro however i disagree. Yaya was gona help the Team score or do it himself. The guy yu defending was there wen dy failed to defend thoese 3 goals
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Mpho Poster Mar 16, 2017 02:15 PM
@Money-spender whos Team is it? Pep chased away tho he doesnt like and remained with those he belived they make his Team. Just accept that Pep will never rule the EPL.
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Zugo48 Mar 16, 2017 01:48 PM
I'm still wondering where were all these Bloggers hiding when City were winning..Kweeeeee hay kunzima.
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thandoz Mar 16, 2017 01:41 PM
Exposed by Monaco this overrated coach,Jose Mourinho n Diego Simeone will never throw away such lead.u n tht Psg mampara shud b fired
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Mtsetserepa Mar 16, 2017 01:21 PM
@Money-spender. just go back in time a bit. u could see that during Pep's term Bayern were no longer a dominant force. his tactics have been outdated, he needs to reinvent as a coach
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Mtsetserepa Mar 16, 2017 01:17 PM
Tiki taka has expired. try a new pertan. evn the first leg u were nearly outplayed. just lucky to get those goals. last Q. where is Ihanacho
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Money-spender Mar 16, 2017 12:00 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni I like your poit bra, he has to build his own team. 95% of the team at the moment is not built by Pep, therefore we can expect him to buy more then 5 players come July transfer window period. i am a big fan of this guy, but i will only judge him next season. Once he change that stupid defense we will kill ppl
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VIPER305 Mar 16, 2017 11:49 AM
Toure played as center back n as holding midfielder before move to city NlOH idiot
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wongama Mar 16, 2017 11:47 AM
The season is over for Pep without silverware.
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VIPER305 Mar 16, 2017 11:46 AM
@nloh stupid ke Mao!
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VIPER305 Mar 16, 2017 11:45 AM
@barca with xavi
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VIPER305 Mar 16, 2017 11:42 AM
Cog
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NHLOH Mar 16, 2017 11:42 AM
It funny how victims of Pep's success are hiding behind Toure saga
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VIPER305 Mar 16, 2017 11:40 AM
without tackling distributors team is usless..
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NHLOH Mar 16, 2017 11:40 AM
Some bloggers are stupid, If Pep dropped Fernandinho for Toure it was going to be worse than this since He can't defend
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VIPER305 Mar 16, 2017 11:39 AM
Not even FA CUP

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