Pep Guardiola admits Man City ‘are struggling’ after Aston Villa defeat

Leon Bailey's goal at Villa Park extended Manchester City's winless run.
Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City are struggling at present.Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City are struggling at present.
Pep Guardiola has admitted Manchester City are struggling at present.

Pep Guardiola has admitted his Manchester City side are ‘struggling’ at present and claimed it’s his responsibility to turn things around.

The champions lost 1-0 against Aston Villa on Wednesday night which extended their winless run in the league to four games, and saw City drop to fourth in the table. Leon Bailly’s second-half strike wrapped up all three points for Unai Emery’s side in a game that Villa dominated, while the three points means they leapfrog City in the table.

Ahead of games against Luton Town and Crystal Palace, Guardiola said the side must improve. “It's my duty, my job to find a way to come back because over many years together we were able to find a way to play games - sometimes playing good, sometimes not but always we found a way to do it - and now we are struggling," he explained. 

“We have to change the dynamic, winning as soon as possible against Luton and Crystal Palace to continue to be there. I have to think about it. I have to sleep, to see the games, to reflect, and try to do it.”

Even more alarming for City was the fact their final shot in the Villa game came in the 11th minute, and they faced 22 shots, the joint most any side has produced against a Guardiola side in a league match during his entire career.

“The better team won,” conceded the City boss. “Aston Villa were better than us. It was really difficult because they are really physical and able to control many aspects. That is the reason why they are up there, playing good football and we could not do it.”