Pep Guardiola was once again stopped by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford as Manchester United tallied an incredible 2-0 victory to colour the city red once more.
Of course, the title race in the Premier League has been more or less settled for quite some time now with Liverpool running away with their 25-point lead over the second-placed Manchester City.
But Guardiola refused to admit his team played badly and according to The New York Times’ Rory Smith, the Catalan manager even said he was happy with their performance and stated their current squad is not that far from the one that won the Premier League two years in a row.
He also said City aren't "far" from the levels of 2018 and 2019, and that there's no lack of motivation or hunger or anything like that. But that, again, begs a question: if they're doing the same things at the same standard/intensity, why is the outcome now different?
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) March 8, 2020
Still, Smith was having none of it and questioned Guardiola’s verdict by posing a couple of questions of his own, doubting how reassuring the coach’s statement actually was in the first place. Indeed, when looking at the Premier League’s official stats between 2017-18 and this season, there is a drop-off.
Given the fact they’ve scored 68 times this year, it’s hard to see them matching the 106 they set during the 100-point campaign while their average passes per match are down from 743.18 to 675.89 and their goals per match average is also lower this time around, dropping from 2.79 to 2.43.
With that in mind, it seems Smith is right to question the Spaniard here.
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