Pep building a City to be reckoned with: Kompany

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Pep Guardiola has questioned the rationale of introducing retrospective bans for diving, claiming a more pressing issue is that referees can not keep up with the speed of Premier League games. There are many other things we can improve.

"I know the question is going to come but forget about it".

"Football today is quicker, it's faster". I adapt to the rules.

"Sooner or later that is going to happen, the technology (that) will help the referees to be more fair about what happens in the game, to make less mistakes because there are a lot of mistakes". The referees don't arrive because the players are much, much faster.

Guardiola's main frustration with referees this season is that, in his view, they are less likely to award fouls than officials in Spain and Germany.

West Ham have been linked with a £20million bid for the Nigeria global but Guardiola only has eyes for Sunday's trip to Vicarage Road, where victory will assure City of third place.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has suffered a frustrating first year in England, and is destined to end a season without a trophy for the first time as a coach.

Victory for Guardiola's side in their final game of the season at Watford on Sunday will see them hold on to third spot in the table and go straight into next season's Champions League.

Guardiola said: "We were not in the title race until the end".

"The good teams always fight until the end", he said.

"Depending on what happens the day after tomorrow, we are going to finish maybe 15 points behind the first and the second". The players used to run 6km a game, now it is 12km. As long as we recognise that and try to improve on it, then we're still set up for something good. The gap to the leaders is big.

"It does say a lot about the Premier League that two top teams will miss out on the top four", the Belgian said. We have to have to work harder next season to reduce that gap. "But we still have 95, 96 minutes to fight to do one thing that's so important for the club and the future, to be in the Champions League".

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