Pep Guardiola admits he needs to work out what went wrong this season, claiming his Manchester City side have been “far away from Liverpool” in the Premier League.
Raheem Sterling moved on to 19 Premier League goals for the season – his highest tally in a domestic season – with a double as City returned to scintillating form by beating relegation-threatened Watford 4-0 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.
But City boss Guardiola was in no mood to speak about individual accolades, the evening before Liverpool’s coronation at Anfield.
Following the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in their FA Cup semi-final at the weekend, the Catalan was asked if this was the performance he was hoping for.
“It was the minimum,” he said. “It was important that we came off the pitch thinking we’d done everything to try to win the game. Of course, we are here to try to win, but we can always lose. You have to run and you have to fight. In the first half against Arsenal, that didn’t happen and that’s why we lost.
“It’s important for Raheem to score goals but we cannot forget that we finished a long way off the champions. This is not good for us.
“Of course, we’ve been much better than the other 18 teams. The distance from second to first is big and the distance between second and third is big too, but it’s not enough. The personal achievements must always be related to the achievements of the team, which has not been perfect.
“Against Southampton, we created a lot of chances and we lost. The most important thing is to finish games with the sense that we’ve done everything.
“We all still need to know that we’re far away from Liverpool. This was the first time we’ve managed to win four in a row in the Premier League. Two seasons ago, we managed 18, last season we managed 14.
“This shows how poor consistency has been this season because we’ve had the same team. This happened because something was wrong, and I need to discover what it was ahead of next season.”
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