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Guardiola believes Man City “must demand more” from themselves after Saints stroll

Date Posted,April 15, 2017

Pep Guardiola misses the pressure he had on him in Spain and ­Germany.

And he admits he needs to change his Manchester City players’ mentality and make them fear losing.

City haven’t given up on the top two just yet and have an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal to look forward to.

But after spending £150million last summer, he knows the Blues should have much bigger targets in their sights at the business end of the season.

And Guardiola admits he has been fortunate to have dodged some of the flak that would have rained down on him had he served up the same campaigns while in charge of Barcelona or ­Bayern Munich.

It’s not been a smooth ride so far (Photo: Reuters)

He said: “Here, I miss the pressure a little bit. In Spain, and even more so in ­Germany, the pressure is greater on the players, the manager, everybody. Over here it is much calmer.

“For example, the fans are always perfect. I love that, and the club is amazing. The club supports everybody so there is no worry about that.

“As a manager you have to create something to increase the players’ belief in ­themselves.

“Do the players believe they cannot lose? In that sense we need time to put that belief in the heads and hearts of the players.

Guardiola is looking to challenge his players (Photo: AFP)

“If you want to become a stronger club and stronger team you cannot drop points at home. Because of our quality, we must demand more. The difference is the mentality, not the quality of the players, which is always there.

“We went out of the Champions League in Monaco and then we played three tough games – against ­Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea – and did not win one of those games.

“But in our next game against Hull City, our fans helped us and supported us. In Italy and Spain that does not ­happen.

“That is why I am so, so grateful for the fans we have. This is the first time in my life I have ­experienced that kind of support.”

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores their third goal
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero scores their third goal against Southampton (Photo: REUTERS)

City’s quality was there for all to see as they brushed aside Southampton.

Some of their passing and movement was a joy to watch in the first half. Then they added a cutting edge to dispatch the Saints thanks to second-half goals from ­Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero.

Maya Yoshida held his hands up for his part in Southampton’s emphatic ­defeat, admitting they played as individuals rather than for each other.

Defender Yoshida, beaten in the air by Kompany for City’s opener, said: “The first goal was my individual responsibility. I let Kompany open the scoring. It’s a corner kick and it’s man to man.

“And the second and the third shouldn’t be happening. We have to fight as a team because individually they are much better.

“Everyone has to fight for the team, not just fight for themselves.”

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