Guardiola promises Man City: No more My Nice Guy

Date published: Sunday 22nd April 2018 8:19

Pep Guardiola has warned his title-winning Manchester City players he will be tougher and demand more from them next season.

The City boss believes taking a stricter approach is the best way to ensure complacency does not set in after a such a dominant campaign.

City’s Premier League crown was secured last weekend with a record-equalling five games to spare but, despite all the plaudits, Guardiola insists his players will have to keep on proving themselves.

He said: “It is what I handled in Barcelona and Bayern Munich – players started to believe what (they) had done was thanks to me, and that allowed them to play in the future. And that is not the truth.

“What we had done we had done, (but) that helped us to (think), ‘We have done it once we can do it again, and the others won’t have more energy.’ So, when you have to do five metres, you just make three.

“But those two metres make a difference. That is why next season will be more difficult, our relationship will be harder.

“It happened in Barcelona and Bayern Munich. I handled that and I know I have to press more.

“I have to be more into them and control more the players – the time they arrive at training sessions, what they have to do with the ball and without the ball. If they don’t, they will be caught out, more than this season. Our relationship will not be so friendly.”

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