Saturday, October 29, 2016

pep Guardiola doubted players not principles

Pep Guardiola admitted he had doubts about his Manchester City side but not his principles after victory over West Brom ended a six-match winless run.

City had not won in all competitions since 24 September but beat the Baggies 4-0 to regain top spot from Arsenal. "Six games without winning is a long time," Guardiola told BBC Sport.

"When we lose always you doubt. Also in the second half when we didn't play like the first half I had doubts about what we had to do to improve."

He added: "The principles? No doubts. But to know the players, how they play with other ones, how you play in different systems, sometimes you make a doubt, yes.

"Winning again is so important for us. When you lose, the problem is you lose a bit of confidence each time for the next game and it has happened in this period."

Sergio Aguero scored twice - his first goals in six games - before midfielder Ilkay Gundogan added two more after a brief West Brom revival.

Argentina striker Aguero's seven goals in the league make him joint top-scorer with Chelsea's Diego Costa.

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