Pep more concerned with City performances than table

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Pep Guardiola says he is not looking at the Premier League table and is more concerned with Manchester City's performances following the win over Aston Villa.

Pep Guardiola says he is not looking at the Premier League table and is more concerned with Manchester City's performances following the win over Aston Villa.

City moved to within three points of league leaders Liverpool with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, but it was less convincing than the score line would suggest.

All three goals came in the second half as Villa dug in and made life difficult, and Guardiola was far from impressed with the performance his side put in during the first 45 minutes.

The Spaniard described it as relegation form, and says only Raheem Sterling could be given any credit for the way he played in the first half.

Thankfully for City they picked up in the second half, and whatever Guardiola said to his players at the break, clearly worked as they kicked into another gear.

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Sterling broke the deadlock immediately after the re-start before David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan completed the scoring, much to the relief of Guardiola, who also saw Fernandinho sent off for two bookable offences late on.

“I am not concerned about the table, I am concerned all the time with how we play,” Guardiola said. “If we play at the level we did in the second half, we can be there until the end of the season, I am sure of that.

“But if we play like we did in the first half, we will be relegated or in the relegation positions, far away from leading the table. We did not play the way we should play, and the only player who was aggressive when we had the ball was Raheem.

“In the second half we imitated him. He showed us the way we wanted to play, and it was much better.”

The pressure is now back on Liverpool, who entertain Tottenham on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to open their lead back up to six points.

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