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FA Cup: Gauardiola admits poor game plan against Man United

FA Cup: Gauardiola admits poor game plan against Man United

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola acknowledged that his team played a 'tight game' against Manchester United in the final of the FA Cup on Saturday evening at Wembley Stadium.

Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo were on the scoresheet for United but a late Jeremy Doku strike gave the City juggernauts some measure of hope.

Guardiola whose side made history last Sunday by winning the Premier League for a record fourth season in a row congratulated the opposition and briefly assessed how things panned out. 

"We lost the game. Congratulations to United. It was a tight game, Guardiola admitted at his press conference. "It can happen. Many things. At the end, they scored two goals and we couldn’t score more."

The Spaniard went on: "Congratulations to them on a fantastic season.

"The second half we were there all the game. Manchester United are always a transition team. First half we struggled a bit but second half we were better. In general, it was a good performance for a final."

Before the game, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager revealed that he told his players to stick to their style and only be beaten by a better team.

The City however opined that his poor gameplan was to blame for City’s shock defeat - and not their Premier League title celebrations.

“I think my gameplan in the first half was not good. The second half was much, much better, we were more intense, partly because we were 2-0 down and we didn’t have anything to lose.”

“Because of my decisions, we were not in the right positions to attack them. It was my mistake, my gameplan was not good.

“The players know the reason why. Tactically, it was not good, I had a feeling it was not good. It didn’t work, as simple as that.”

Guardiola insisted the celebrations of that success were not to blame for his team’s sluggish start at Wembley.

“No, completely the opposite, they were focused,” he said. “How we reacted in the second half was very good.”

When asked about the team's billed open-bus parade on Sunday, May 26, Guardiola responded thus:

“We are sad but we celebrate tomorrow an incredible achievement and come back, it's as simple as that,” Guardiola. 

“Now the feeling, of course, when you lose a final is that we’re disappointed. But we celebrate good this week and enjoy the Premier League. When you reach 91 points, it’s because we won a lot and the journey was really, really good. We have to be proud and celebrate what we’ve done.”

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