Pep Guardiola has admitted he may not be good enough to lead Manchester City to success.
The Spaniard has already conceded the title following City’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Everton last weekend, which left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
City face another huge test today against high-flying Tottenham and Guardiola defended his players saying:
“I don’t understand the lack of respect for the professionals, when they are amazing players and they’re not good enough for me. Maybe I’m not good enough for them.
“They’re Manchester City players, top players, they have a lot of quality. They showed that many times in the past and this season.
“Maybe the expectations about my coming here were so excessive, maybe winning 10 games in a row, so the reality is that we’re going to build up.
“I’m working on that and then I’ll be the first to recognize when I’m not able or we’re not able to do that, to speak with the club to take a solution.
“We changed many things from the beginning and sometimes you need time. If they give me time I will do that until the end and, if they don’t, unlucky.”
Guardiola acknowledged he has known nothing but success as a manager but vowed to come through this difficult spell and prove he remains an elite coach.
“The life of the manager and football players is that situation – a sad situation, so the exception is my period [career],” said Guardiola.
“Always winning, winning, winning. I’d prefer to be at the top, but it’s not that situation and it’s the first time I’ve been in that.”
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