Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he wants more from his team despite their brilliant start to proceedings this season. City have scored 20 goals in their last 4 games, making them one of the most prolific sides in Europe at the moment.
The Sky Blues seem almost unstoppable at present, and sit top of the Premier League table after 6 games. Their most recent victory came against strugglers Crystal Palace, whose fortunes are much the opposite to City’s. Guardiola’s men thumped Roy Hodgson’s side 5-0 in what was yet again an emphatic display. But the Spaniard has called for his side to improve further, as they prepare to play Shakhtar Donetsk next week.
Guardiola told Sky Sports he was not entirely satisfied by City’s performance, and hopes for improvements when in possession.
“We started good, in the first five or 10 minutes we created two or three clear chances, but after that we were not good,” he said. “The ball should be moved and we didn’t move it.”
“The last 10 minutes of the first half we started to play good again and it helped a lot to score the first goal before half-time. The second half we were at the level of the last few weeks.”
“I think it was eight players who didn’t play in midweek [in the Carabao Cup] and when this happens and you change competition we were not sharp like sometimes when we play [the same side] every three days. Sometimes you need more minutes and that’s what’s happening.”
“Last season we had a lot of problems at home winning games, that’s why we dropped our competition in the Premier League. That’s why the last two games are so important – winning 5-0 against Liverpool and Crystal Palace – for our confidence and for the other games when we come back from the international break.”