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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Pep Guardiola 'taught a lesson' in first year at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola 'taught a lesson' in first year at Manchester City

PEP GUARDIOLA says he has learned important lessons from his worst-ever season as a manager.

City are fourth in the league following defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday, all but ending hopes of a league title in the Catalan's debut campaign in England.

The result underlined what has been a mixed first season at the Etihad Stadium for Guardiola, with City enduring a meek title challenge and a European exit at the hands of Monaco but remaining in the hunt for a top-four finish and FA Cup triumph.

That being said, there second team will even be enough to beat Hull City so I am expecting a comfortable win for the home side in this game.

"I know this manager when he was in Greece (with Olympiakos) and playing Champions League football and I was in Bayern Munich", Guardiola told a news conference yesterday. This season was a lesson for me.

The 46-year-old has never gone a single season without winning a trophy - he has won the title in six out of seven attempts and his sides have always reached the last four of the Champions League.

"You learn about that, you don't regret that I was not able knowing that our problems in the boxes don't solve themselves".

"Normally, that [Steaua ] game would be 12-0". Many good things have happened here in the last two and a half years.

"I was happy because the first target was to qualify but after that in the (drawn) Everton and Middlesbrough games I realised we had to play really, really, really good to win the games".

"We'll try to win as many as possible". "The "mind game" is to provide my team with belief and character, which we showed at Swansea [in a 3-1 victory]". We created chances but had problems to score.

We can bounce back from anything that comes in front of us. They shoot two or three times on our goal and they score two goals.

"I was disappointed this week but I saw what we have done to improve". "Against Palace, we played better than in a lot of games that we won this season but we lost so it's just important to get the points no matter how you play".

'We have to be honest with ourselves, we were not good enough to compete for the Premier League'. That is what I should do in advance to correct that but it is part of our growth.

Guardiola has seen a number of unwelcomed firsts this season.

"He is a player who has a sense of the goal, arriving in the right tempo in the box".

He said: "Both played good".

"The mistakes are not just against us, the mistakes are against everybody", said the former Barca boss, who called for a summit with referee chief Mike Riley following the 1-1 draw with Liverpool last month.

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