Pep Guardiola is hoping his Manchester Metropolis facet can rediscover “who we’re as a staff” after they face Arsenal as we speak.
The Blues have been inconsistent to this point within the Premier League, following a gap weekend win at Wolves with the 5-2 defeat to Leicester Metropolis and the 1-1 draw with Leeds earlier than the worldwide break.
Guardiola has seen his facet put collectively performances in patches to this point, relatively than over a full 90 minutes, and the problem towards the Gunners will probably be made more durable by the absence of Kevin De Bruyne.
However the Metropolis boss believes it presents a great problem to his staff to search out their greatest type this season and attempt to piece collectively a extra constant show.
“[Today] now we have an opportunity to search out ourselves. We now have to take a look at what they do however have to search out who we’re as a staff,” Guardiola stated of the go to of Arsenal.
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“We performed 60 good minutes towards Wolves, a very good 25 till we conceded a purpose towards Leicester, we performed 30 first minutes towards Leeds and final 15 and nonetheless not in a position to maintain 90 minutes proper now in a excessive degree for a lot of many causes all people is aware of. We now have to attempt to maintain who we’re for as a lot as attainable.”
Metropolis have been on the shedding facet towards Arsenal final time they met, when Mikel Arteta’s facet received the FA Cup semi-final 2-0.
The Gunners have regarded a much-improved facet beneath Guardiola’s former No. 2 and the Catalan would not anticipate his facet to have discovered an excessive amount of from the Wembley disappointment, aside from the necessity to present the identical ranges of dedication because the opposition.
“They confirmed how good they’re, they confirmed they’d extra need than us to succeed in the ultimate as a result of, in soccer the want, the starvation and need for them was so necessary,” stated Guardiola.
“For a supervisor who arrived not too way back to succeed in the ultimate. For us it was simply the semi they usually had extra need and that was the rationale why.
“They knew it and we advised them they usually agreed, the second half was a lot better but it surely was not sufficient towards massive contenders like Arsenal. It’s a must to play first for 95 minutes at a very good degree. It’s not straightforward to play towards good groups and Arsenal at all times have been and now particularly.”