Manchester City players not at their best yet, says Pep Guardiola
Aug 27 2018
Guardiola, aiming to become the first City boss to win back-to-back Premier League titles, believes the result will have little effect on the club's ambitions.
Despite appearing to vent his frustration at the officials at the final whistle, Guardiola tried to project an air of serenity in his post-match press conference.
After failing to convince Premier League rivals of the need for video assistant referees (VAR), Manchester City has contributed more evidence why the technology is needed.
Throughout his career, and certainly during his time with Manchester City, he has been invited to praise one of his players but instead taken his opportunity to point out that they are not doing enough.
Though the champions, who had won their first two games of the season in handsome fashion, will be frustrated at their dominance not being rewarded, Wolves deserved their second league point and never stopped striving for a late victor.
"The narrow positions of the two wide players in the 5-4-1, and how they didn't always go back, meant they were always able to counter-attack, winning the ball in good positions, not necessarily 20 times during the games but three or four each half".
"I saw the game yesterday in the Bundesliga between Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim, and even with the VAR the action which created the penalty was not a penalty, and in the end they decided it was".
Of more concern, perhaps, was the lack of solidity in defence, where Vincent Kompany and Laporte at its heart looked far from assured as a partnership. Willy Boly was the hero for the hosts while Aymeric Laporte saved the day for the Premier League champions.
That came in the 69th minute, 12 minutes after Boly had scored his controversial opener.
After getting only one point in their first two games of the season, Wolverhampton Wanderers started this match impressively with the aims of avoiding defeat in front of their fans.
"I didn't see it". I didn't speak to him about that.
Ruben NEves will be key to Wolves' chances not only against Manchester City but during the entire season.
Liverpool made it three wins from three and capitalised on Manchester City's slip-up with a 1-0 victory at home to Brighton. "Sometimes you say, 'Wow, what a player we have!'" Guardiola said after win at Arsenal a fortnight ago.