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Guardiola admits that his first season at Man City has been a learning experience

Date Posted,April 7, 2017

Pep Guardiola has delivered a ­brutal verdict on his first season at Manchester City .

The Spaniard, whose arrival in the ­Premier League was seen as a master-stroke by the Blues, said: “This season has been a lesson for me.”

City won Guardiola’s first 10 competitive games to fuel the belief that he would take English football by storm, but their season has fizzled out.

Now the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has vowed to learn from his mistakes.

“I will be better — definitely,” said the Blues boss. “It’s normal when you have seven, eight, nine years as a manager to have a season where you don’t have as much success as before. It can happen.

City lost to Chelsea last time out (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

“You learn from that.

“I never thought I arrived here that I knew absolutely everything.

“I tried to adapt to the players as much as possible. I did and I think we will be better.”

Guardiola claims the most significant failing he has recognised in his City team is that they are not clinical enough in front of goal.

It cost them in the Champions League against Monaco and he said he knew the problem would bite him on the backside in only his second game in change in the Champions League qualifier at Steaua Bucharest.

Guardiola’s men were sent crashing out of Europe last month (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

City won 5-0 but Sergio Aguero missed two penalties and Guardiola said he knew then that such wastefulness would cost them in games.

He was proven right as City dropped precious points at home to the likes of Middlesbrough, Southampton, Stoke and Everton.

“I knew in the first Champions League game – especially in attack – against Steaua Bucharest when we won 5-0,” he said, speaking ahead of today’s home clash with Hull.

“Normally, that game would have been 12-0. We missed two penalties and so many chances. I was happy because the first target was to qualify but after that, in the Everton and Middlesbrough games, I realised we had to play really, really, well to win games.

City are facing a tussle to finish in the top four (Photo: Shaun Botterill)

“We created chances but we had problems scoring them and we suffered.

“We have to be honest with ourselves, we were not good enough to compete for the Premier League.”

Guardiola insists City can still finish on a high by qualifying for the Champions League and winning the FA Cup.

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