Frustrated Pep Defends City Tactics
Frustrated Pep Guardiola Defends Manchester City Tactics
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.
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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."
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.
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