Pep Guardiola hails exceptional mood amongst his Manchester City players

Guardiola said that he expects no less from his players in their duty to the team’s fans.

Pep Guardiola praised the “exceptional” mood amongst his Man City players after they earned three points against Bournemouth. The Cityzens kept the Premier League title race alive by thrashing.

The Sky Blues ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at the Vitality Stadium. Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, and Phil Foden put City in command in the very first half. Chris Mepham deepened Bournemouth’s woes with an own goal shortly after the interval.

“I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing every day,” said Guardiola.

“The mood of the locker room is exceptional, the training sessions are really, really good. Everyone is helping each other.

It was the first victory in three for the Cityzens, who dropped two points away to Nottingham Forest in their last league outing before drawing the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie away to RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

Guardiola also added: “It’s tough because we played a lot of games away this last month. No recovery, three days between games, big travel. A lot of pressure, demanding physicality.

“Today we came here and behaved in the way we behaved. It made me feel we still have the desire to try and to try. We will try to fight for this Premier League, I don’t have any doubts.”

Guardiola said that he expects no less from his players in their duty to the team’s fans, who had travelled down from Manchester.

“The players will be in trouble if they don’t do it,” said the manager. “They will be in trouble. When fans come five or six hours in their cars, buy a ticket, with our salaries, we have to run whether it’s 3-0, 4-0, 5-0.

“It sounds like I am a demagogue, but it’s the truth. You can perform well or bad. But the effort in this club whilst I’m here never will be put in doubt.

“We see the faces how happy they are when we win. You produce a good feeling in people, families. Tell me something else that can be better than that. Our supporters away are incredible.”

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