Pep Guardiola admits that Manchester City’s poor early season results were down to his unclear message and their recent good run of form is because players now understand they have to “run less” when the team is in possession.
According to Guardiola, it is imperative for his troops to grasp how they can dictate games without running too much.
Man City are on a six-match winning run and unbeaten in 13 matches in all competitions. A win over Percy Tau’s Brighton & Hove Albion at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening will see Guardiola’s men close the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester United to four points.
“The only difference is that we run less. We were running too much. When you play football, you have to walk or run much, much less,” said Guardiola.
“Without the ball, you have to run. But with the ball, you stay more in the position and let the ball run, not you. And we improved in these games, in these terms.”
The Manchester-based outfit has scored 15 goals in their last six games in all competitions.
“We lost it a bit this season, that was my fault, the message was not clear, but we came back a little bit to the principles,” added Guardiola.
“It is normal that after good results and performances the people visualize again that we can do it again in the way we did it in the past. And that is the way we have to continue.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi