Dec 4, 10 months ago

Pep Guardiola ‘learns lesson’ from win over West Ham also reveals main concern about facing Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United

Pep Guardiola ‘learns lesson’ from  win over West Ham also reveals main concern about facing Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United

Pep Guardiola was happy that his side picked up another late Premier League win against West Ham but confessed he’s concerned about facing a tall team in Manchester United next weekend.

The Spaniard has guided Manchester City to 13 straight wins in England’s top flight and David Silva’s late winner ensured they head to Old Trafford next Sunday some eight points clear at the top of the division. However, Guardiola was concerned by the manner of West Ham’s goal, with Angelo Ogbonna thumping home a header.

And he admitted that United’s significant height advantage will pose his relatively diminutive team real problems next week.

‘We started really well but we lost our patience,’ he told the BBC. ‘We didn’t have any rhythm because Adrian was taking 30 seconds every time.’

“I learned to attack a bit differently,” said Guardiola.

“Normally we don’t play with two strikers and two wingers. Maybe to attack this kind of defence it is much better.

“They didn’t want to play. When they lost the ball, they didn’t press. They just went back with 10 players in the box. It has happened the last three games. It is almost impossible.”

‘It was similar to the last few games, in the second half I thought we would score. It was massive. They played 10 players inside the box, it was almost impossible. It’s a big victory. It showed what we are.

‘You have to try to solve it [when teams pack the defence]. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me. We created more with two.

‘The pace was better, we had more presence in the box. Kevin de Bruyne playing as the holding midfielder gave us the tempo. We were much, much better.

‘We spoke a lot about defending set-pieces but they are taller. It will happen again next week against United so we have to try and concede fewer set-pieces.’

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