Man City boss Guardiola wants one last push for Champions League

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

Pep Guardiola has questioned the rationale of introducing retrospective bans for diving, claiming a more pressing issue is that referees can not keep up with the speed of Premier League games. There are many other cases where we can improve.

Goalline technology has helped assistant referees but Guardiola would prefer greater use of it to eradicate mistakes.

'The football is quicker and faster than faster than before and they are not able to arrive in the right moments and the decision is wrong. They are the bosses.

Kompany added that the Premier League has been extra competitive this season and City have in fact done well, considering how Arsenal and sixth-placed Manchester United have struggled to secure a spot in Europe's elite club competition. "I adapt to the rules, the federation, FIFA, UEFA, what they do for football". The technology will help the referees to be more fair about what happens in the game to make fewer mistakes because there are a lot of mistakes.

Guardiola's main frustration with referees this season is that, in his view, they are less likely to award fouls than officials in Spain and Germany.

Guardiola's focus, however, is very much on winning at Vicarage Road.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has suffered a frustrating first year in England, and is destined to end a season without a trophy for the first time as a coach.

City lie third in the Premier League table before their visit to Watford on the final day of the season tomorrow.

Guardiola believes too many home draws this season - seven in all - have stopped his team from mounting a proper title challenge. Normally the big teams always fight until the end, and after that you can win or lose. "Just look what we have to do, we have to travel to London to win the game", he said. We must improve on that next season. The players used to run 6km a game, now it is 12km. "In the Premier League, we didn't fight until the end because two teams were better than us and we dropped a lot of points at home". The gap to the leaders is big. We have to work harder to reduce the gap.

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