Guardiola praises Hull's Silva as City try to seal top-four berth

  • Guardiola praises Hull's Silva as City try to seal top-four berth

Guardiola praises Hull's Silva as City try to seal top-four berth

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

He officially chucked in the towel on his Premier League title hopes - with nearly a fifth of the season still to go.

"But when that happened we didn't win three or four different games".

Given Guardiola's past successes with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, there was a belief at the start of the campaign that City would regain the crown.

"We came back in a strong way against a really tough team".

He said: "I will be better, definitely. It was a lesson for me this season", he said ahead of City's clash with Hull City on Saturday.

"But it's part of our growth".

"I never could imagine in Barcelona, Bayern or when I arrived here knowing absolutely everything. I'm sure our rivals were waiting for us to drop that mental strength and lose points again", Azpilicueta is quoted by the Daily Express.

"I feel like we're better now so it is a more interesting year for me as a manager to grow and handle this kind of situation". I didn't complain, I didn't give up. We have to work harder and harder and better and better to minimise these kind of things.

City also under-achieved in the Champions League, failing to get beyond the last 16, but Guardiola has been pleased with some aspects of the season.

Pep, whose side host Hull today, added: "I've enjoyed the season but we have a lot of lovely things left to fight for". [I noticed it] in the first game in the Champions League against Steaua Bucharest.

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.

The two London rivals meet each other at Wembley later this month in an FA Cup semi-final.

To be fair, he has been hampered by the late arrival and then injury to Gabriel Jesus - and the fitness problems of Vincent Kompany. We are in a position where we need to do our job, win games and put pressure on them. We won 5-0 but normally it would be 12-0, that game.

"I was happy because the first target was to qualify but after that in the (drawn) Everton and Middlesbrough games I realised we had to play really, really, really good to win the games".

"We missed two penalties and an amount of chances". But we have to be honest with ourselves.