I'll be better in the future - Pep Guardiola

  • I'll be better in the future - Pep Guardiola

I'll be better in the future - Pep Guardiola

It has been a common complaint throughout the season and has resulted in them dropping out of the title race before Christmas and crashing out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

Guardiola could be heading for his worst ever individual season - having never finished lower than second in his managerial career and had not been knocked out of the Champions League before the semifinals until this season.

"I will be better, definitely". This season was a lesson for me.

"It is normal when you are a manager for eight or nine years to have a season where you are not as successful as before, that can happen".

"The only regret that I have myself is that knowing our problem was in the boxes [and] I was not able to solve it".

"I tried to adapt to the players as much as possible".

All in all, I think that Manchester City will win this game but looking at the odds I don't think that this is a good bet to make. "I feel like we're better now so that is a more interesting year for me like a manager to grow and handle this kind of situation". I didn't complain, I didn't give up.

City's loss to Chelsea in midweek left them 14 points behind the leaders with seven games remaining. Even when City crushed Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League play-off in August, Guardiola felt his side were short of the required standard. We won 5-0 but normally it would be 12-0, that game. "We missed two penalties and so many chances", Guardiola told a news conference ahead of the clash with Hull City on Saturday. I was happy because the first target was to qualify but after that, in the Everton and Middlesbrough games, I realised we had to play really, really, well to win games.

And the former Lille winger stepped up to score two goals in a 2-1 win against top-four rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

'We created chances but we had problems scoring them and we suffered.

The Spaniard said: "My feeling is during the season we made really good things". We are strong enough.

"It's very important for us to look at ourselves and not the others". We were not good enough to compete for the Premier League.

That includes last season where Leicester City topped the table with 81 points.

He said: "We have a lot of handsome things left to fight for this season".

The Blues are now seven points clear at the top of the table but certainly can't afford to rest on their laurels, with Tottenham in the midst of an excellent run that has seen them win their last five Premier League games in succession.