Resounding 5-0 triumph over Liverpool in the Premier League, impressive 4-0 win at Feyenoord on the opening day of the Champions League group stage, not much more Pep Guardiola could have asked from his player in five days.
Of course, what we have done against Feyenoord is what I liked and tried to do at Barcelona and Bayern Munich
the Manchester City manager told reporters ahead of the trip to Watford, when asked if City’s last performances remind him of his best days at Barcelona.
But sometimes I wasn’t able to do it, even at Barcelona and in Munich, to keep the ball high and press. To control the counter-attacks and be there and after they have three passes, we have the ball
Guardiola said, ‘reminding’ everyone that it was never easy and… self-evident, not even at Barcelona and Bayern, not even during their best periods.
I think every player believes, but sometimes in a bad situation or moment we were not able to overcome the situation. You have to do that. You have to have a strong mentality so when you see the players they have the personality to play on the big stages
the Catalan manager also said, talking about what he considers the most important ‘detail’ in a team’s success, the right – winning – mentality, the mental strength to overcome rough patches.