Pep Guardiola’s warning to Man City stars after Southampton defeat

Pep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City side they must rediscover their killer instinct if they are serious about winning the Champions League and FA Cup.

After their emphatic 4-0 win over newly-crowned champions Liverpool, City slumped to a ninth Premier League defeat of the season with Sunday's shock 1-0 loss at Southampton.

Guardiola admitted consistency has been City's downfall this season and said his side will go out to Real Madrid in the Champions League and Arsenal in the FA Cup unless they are more ruthless.

“Like all this season, we play really good, really good in terms of what we wanted in terms of the commitment with the players,” said Guardiola.

“But after two or three successful seasons, we are at the point where we sometimes make a mistake in games, although not all of them.

“So the lack of scoring, [the ability] to punish teams [can be a problem].

“If we can play the way we play and we are consistent in both boxes, we will have a chance to go through to the FA Cup final and quarter-finals of the Champions League.

“But if it happens like it happened in Southampton and other games, like Tottenham home and away, and Norwich away, we will be out – Arsenal will be in the FA Cup final and Real Madrid will go through to the quarter-finals.”

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Asked why City – who host Newcastle on Wednesday – had lost nine times this season in the league and been unable to keep pace with Liverpool, Guardiola said: “Our consistency.

“I was not able to solve this problem that we have had since the beginning of the season.

“I remember Tottenham at home, they had two shots on target, we had more than 20, but we drew.

“So it happened in the second game and also in the last one against Southampton.”

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