Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola meets the press. File photo
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is struggling to understand why his team score so many goals and limit the opposition to so few chances but have still lost nine Premier League matches this season.
City, who relinquished the league title to Liverpool, lost 1-0 at Southampton on Sunday despite dominating possession (73%) and peppering the Saints goal with more than 20 shots.
Striker Che Adams sealed victory for 13th-placed Southampton and condemned City, who beat Liverpool 4-0 in their last game, to a third successive league defeat away from home.
Champions Liverpool have lost twice in the league all season. “We’re leading in goals. We create a lot of chances,” said Guardiola, who lost a third straight away league game for the first time in his managerial career.
“We’re a team who concede less — no team conceded as few chances as us but we lost a lot of games.
“It’s difficult even for me to find a reason why but you have to insist and talk about the game, the way they play and try to do more, concede as few as possible and score up front.”
Guardiola backed City to return to winning ways at home against Newcastle United on Wednesday.
“I have confidence we can do it because we are the same guys and we did it in previous seasons,” he added.
“This season the way we are playing is quite similar but it is not enough to win the games.”
Guardiola accused Arsenal and other Premier League rivals of “whispering” – colluding behind City’s back to ensure that their ban for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play would be upheld.
After watching Liverpool clinch the Premier League title and crashing out of FA Cup, City's hopes of adding a silverware to their already-won Carabao Cup now rests entirely on Champions League.
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The Under-21 international becomes the Premier League champions' fourth signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega Moreno.
The 22-year-old paceman suffered a knee injury on the recent tour of Sri Lanka, a worrying setback with the Asia Cup — and a meeting with old rivals India — coming up at the end of the month.
The move is part of an agreement with the Dubai Club for People of Determination, to support and empower the People of Determination in sports.