Pep Guardiola has hit back at claims that his team has become complacent. SkySports pundit Gary Neville said he believes complacency had become an issue for Manchester City following Manchester City’s 3-all draw with Tottenham on Sunday. Neville’s comments sparked a blistering retort from the City manager as he responded to the SkySports pundit.
It did appear to be a strange observation from the former Manchester United defender. While results haven’t gone City’s way in their past three Premier League games the performance of Pep Guardiola’s side should’ve warranted three points. Especially against Liverpool and Tottenham where City dominated the games for large parts but failed to put their chances away.
The City manager was asked during his pre-game press conference about Gary Neville’s claims. He answered: “No I don’t have anything to say about the pundits, honestly. It’s not about that. Honestly, maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think it’s about complacency. Honestly. I know those players, I know how we run, I know how we behaved, it was extraordinary. I have the feeling that if we maintain that level, we will win the Premier League. We will win it… again. He knows how difficult it is, otherwise, Gary Neville would have won four Premier Leagues (in a row) in the best period of Man United, and he didn’t do it.”
The comments from Pep Guardiola came after he declared that his side would win the Premier League if they perform like they had against Liverpool and Tottenham. Yesterday’s press conference saw the City manager in a defiant mood as his side faced criticism for dropping points in three successive Premier League games.
With Guardiola in a defiant mood, Manchester City fans should expect a response from the City players against Aston Villa.