City go to Watford on Sunday, knowing a point will secure them a top-four place, while a win will seal third spot and see them avoid a potentially tricky Champions League qualifier. “There are many other cases we can improve”, the Spaniard told reporters.
There could be a change at full-back, as Jesus Navas and Gael Clichy would enable the wingers to cut inside, which could suit Jesus better, though Fernandinho and Aleksandar Kolarov had good games in midweek and could easily continue if Guardiola intends to opt for more possession rather than a bit more pace in attack. It depends on us. Despite these misfortunes, we were able to reach the 40 points with six games remaining, which is the record for this club.
Watford have confirmed another season in the Premier League and this team can finally get some credit since with the squad they have available to them, this has been a really good performance for the Hornets. We travel to London for that.
‘Yaya is an expensive player and not every club can afford him.
City began the season among the title favourites and got off to an impressive start but were unable to sustain a serious challenge.
“The way we played against Middlesbrough was completely different to the way we played against West Brom”, said Guardiola.
“The gap to the leaders is big”.
They have scored just four goals in their last seven league games, three of which came in Monday’s 4-3 defeat at Chelsea. We have to have to work harder next season to reduce that gap.
He believes he knows the areas where improvement is required. “I said from the beginning that both can play together”. I have learned about what you have to do to make these players better and win the games.
“When you leave an era like this, it’s normal to feel sad”, said the 55-year-old former Napoli and Inter Milan handler. “We’re considering everything and we will make a decision in the near future”.
Defender John Stones, meanwhile, could return to the City starting line-up.
Aguero’s dazzling display in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over West Brom, where he did not find the net himself but was heavily involved in each goal, drew warm acclaim from Guardiola, who has often tempered his praise of the Argentina star.
Midfielders Fabian Delph (leg) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee), and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (calf) are out while right-back Pablo Zabaleta makes his final appearance for the club.