Guardiola Warns-Players over Arsenal and Madrid-Mistakes

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Guardiola Warns-Players over Arsenal and Madrid-Mistakes

Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players that failure to turn dominance into goals and making mistakes will cost them if repeated against Arsenal and Real Madrid.

City fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday, their ninth loss of the Premier League campaign leaving them 23 points adrift of champions Liverpool.

Che Adams lobbed goalkeeper Ederson after City lost possession and despite 26 shots from the visitors – just six of which were on target – it proved to be the only goal of the game.

Guardiola feels one-off mistakes and his side being unable to take their chances has proven damaging this season.

Guardiola Warns-Players over Arsenal and Madrid-Mistakes

He insists there is no room for a repeat ahead of key upcoming matches against Arsenal and Madrid in the FA Cup semi-final and Champions League last 16.

“We played specialized in terms of what we wanted to try to to , the commitment with the players after two or three successful seasons remains unbelievable,” Guardiola said before Wednesday’s home league game against Newcastle United.

“But we are at a point that sometimes we make mistakes that can be avoided in some games and are punished as a team. And in some games the lack of goals punish us as a team.

“This actually happened in the semi-final against Arsenal and Madrid. We can play the way we played, I don’t have doubts this is going to happen and if we are consistent in both boxes, we have a big chance or opportunity to go through.

Guardiola Warns-Players over Arsenal and Madrid-Mistakes

“However, if what happened against Southampton and clubs like Tottenham home and away or Norwich away, where we dropped points, we’ll be out and Arsenal and Madrid will go through.

“That is the reality we have to accept. We can be lucky to convert what we produce and defend the less we concede.

“Though I do not have any doubts that the team will deliver like we’ve done all season. That is my feeling. We still have incredible targets to fight for.”

Guardiola acknowledged a lack of consistency compared to title rivals Liverpool was what really set City back.

Guardiola Warns-Players over Arsenal and Madrid-Mistakes

He added: “Our consistency has been missing. We’ve not converted our game plan and in this business you have to win.

“You can’t win the Premier League while losing nine games – maybe years ago. The champions have to score above 90 points so when you lose nine games you cannot win the league.

“I wasn’t available to remedy the situation that we’ve had since the start. I remember the game against Tottenham at home, they had two shots on target and we shot more than 20 and we drew.

Guardiola Warns-Players over Arsenal and Madrid-Mistakes

“It happened during our second game in the league and therefore the last game against Southampton was similar. I was not able to change this dynamic.”

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