Manchester City can't depend on Santa for objectives, says Guardiola

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has challenged his players to work collectively in a bid to rediscover their fluid type of play, saying they can’t count on Santa Claus to ship objectives as Christmas presents.

City have just scored 19 objectives in 13 Premier League games this season, a marked distinction to their earlier three campaigns throughout which that they had recorded 37, 40 and 42 by the identical stage.

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“Our game has to come back because the goals don’t come as a present from Santa Claus. They come from our performances,” Guardiola instructed a reports convention on Friday.

“There is no doubt about our mentality. We have to refresh our philosophy and there are things to readjust.

“The challenge right now is to score more goals and we will improve our level game by game.”

City, eighth within the league desk, host Newcastle United on Saturday before travelling to play Everton at Goodison Park on Monday.

Guardiola pressured the significance of successful games throughout the festive interval as his staff path leaders Liverpool by eight factors, albeit with a game in hand.

City showed indicators of returning to their finest form once they secured a 4-1 win over Arsenal within the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday, with academy graduate Phil Foden recording a purpose and an help within the second half.

Guardiola hailed the 20-year-old as one of the vital gifted kids he has coached.

“He has incredible energy as a player. But in the final decision, for the final pass, you have to slow down a bit,” Guardiola stated.

“But we will be incredibly patient with him. I know we can trust and rely on him all the time.”

[ Attribution HT]

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