Opposition View: Manchester City

By SFC Media Sat 22 Oct Man City vs Saints

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he’s pleased with the progress his side are making, ahead of the visit from Southampton.

City are without a victory in four games, after their 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek.

But Guardiola believes that it was always going to take time to implement his methods after arriving in the summer.

“I saw many, many good things about my team (against Barcelona). We need time and last season Manchester City was the oldest team in the Premier League,” he said.

“That’s why we try to change things for the future but of course we have to learn as quick as possible.

“With three months together it is difficult to build something. Barcelona for example have been playing in that way for the last 15 years.

“We make good progress and the way we want to play, is the way I think is good because in the past it has gone well.”

The former Barcelona boss also reserved praise for Saints after being impressed by the performance against Internazionale.

He added: “I’m thinking about Southampton of course, and I saw the game against Inter Milan.

“Football is unbelievable because they played amazing, much better than Inter and Inter had one shot and won the game.

“Southampton created six or seven clear chances but didn’t win. I was really impressed and people talk about how good a team they are, and in that game I saw that so it will be tough.

“Of course we have to win again because it’s four times without winning and we need that.”

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