Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has revealed he wasn’t proud of his team at the start of this season, as they were “unrecognisable”.

 

City are marching towards their fifth Premier League title at the moment, having opened up a 12-point lead over second-placed Leicester City with a game in hand.

 

Guardiola’s men were ninth in the table and eight points behind leaders Liverpool after a 1-1 with West Brom in December.

 

But City have since gone on a stunning 21-game winning run.

 

“It was not just that specific West Brom game. It was the last games before West Brom,” Guardiola told Sky Sports ahead of City’s derby clash with Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

 

“Always I am a spectator – I am a manager but a spectator. I want to enjoy, I want to see my team playing the way the team must play, and I didn’t watch it for a long, long time.

 

“I lost in Barcelona, I lost in Munich, but always I recognise my team, and in that period, I could not recognise it, I didn’t like it.

 

“Sometimes we have one or two days to reflect, I talked with my backroom staff, we discussed many things and talked about the process of what to do.

 

“I said ‘guys, we did it here in England, we did it in Germany and Spain as well, so we just come back to our principles, do what we have to do and try to do it again’.

 

“There’s no guarantee to win games but at least we’ll be proud, we’ll recognise what we want to be, the way we want to live, and after, it’s one game, another win, the confidence rises, the trust rises and that helps us to be in the position we are.”