Saturday 7 January 2017

We Have Gotten Our Swagger Back- Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola felt Manchester City rediscovered some of their early-season swagger as they thumped West Ham 5-0 in the FA Cup. City won their first 10 matches of the campaign but have faltered in recent weeks and currently lie fourth, seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

But in his first FA Cup tie Guardiola named a strong line-up and was rewarded with a resounding victory thanks to Yaya Toure's penalty, Havard Nordtveit's own goal and strikes from David Silva, Sergio Aguero and John Stones.

He said “Today we controlled the game more, through our passes, before the penalty we created chances and after half-time we played like we expected, like it was at the start of the season. In the last month or two, for different circumstances, we weren't able to do that but hopefully now we can start again to play in that sense. It's the only way for this kind of team. We are not strong and fast like the other teams but we try to play with the ball as much as possible. We can't achieve our targets unless we start to play and keep the ball. When David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure touch a lot of the ball the rest can play easier. We have to play.”

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