Pep Guardiola Draws Worrying Conclusion After Manchester City's Everton Defeat
Jan 18 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Hailed as a Messiah and the most sought-after coach in Europe when he joined Manchester City after blazing a trail at Barcelona and then Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola appears to have conceded that winning the Premier League title in his first season in England is over.
Teenagers Tom Davies and debutant substitute Ademola Lookman wrapped up a stunning Everton performance with late goals after earlier strikes from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas.
Milner's penalty was Liverpool's only real chance in the first half, with United having more sight at goal - in particular one-on-one chances for Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
"I didn't think the game had super quality", United manager Jose Mourinho said.
'What is happening, I think, is that a chef can not provide the best food without the right ingredients and he does not have the players for what he needs. "After that, we are going to decide [on the future]". Then at the end of the season we will evaluate our levels and performances: "how was the coaching, how the players were".
"I know it is tough sometimes but you have to accept that and continue to work hard, and we will have the chance".
There was time for a fourth goal in stoppage time, as Adam Lookman marked his debut with a goal, by firing a low effort through th legs of Bravo. I like to bring them in, but you can't play with 11 boys.
"In the bad moments we have to be close and I said to the players be positive because you made some fantastic things during the season and for many reasons we didn't get what I think we deserved but I think all the managers can say that". We were aggressive, and when we won the ball we played forwards and scored four goals.
"Guardiola again has got his team selection all wrong, has misread the situation and from the very start has misread what the Premier League is all about", he told me.
The first of the four goals came in the 34th minute when Belgian powerhouse Lukaku converted his 12th league goal of the season, making City pay for sloppy defending. "We were so lucky".
Following the second goal City started to dominate as Everton looked to protect their lead and invited pressure.
Yet if Guardiola was left even more rattled, both on a footballing and personal level, about the obvious culture shock he has experienced in English football, this time the Spaniard was at pains not to show it.
"It was a ideal afternoon", said Koeman.
Everton got off to the ideal start in the second half as it took just two minutes for them to double their lead.