"Arguably we might have had the best chances in the first half and we defended well".
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was in charge at Chelsea the last - and only - time any side racked up 40 points or more by this stage of the Premier League season.
With defensive n tactics clearly frustrating some at City, ESPN Brasil interviewed a few players after Sunday's game against West Ham, and they all agreed that other clubs have been too defensive.
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola is happy to have his own version of "Fergie time" after Manchester City again scored a late victor to clinch a 2-1 win over West Ham United in an English Premier League (EPL) match. David Silva's late goal made sure they head to Old Trafford next Sunday for the derby, some eight points clear at the top of the division. "We didn't have any rhythm because Adrian was taking 30 seconds every time". "It showed what we are".
They played 10 players inside the box, it was nearly impossible. You have to try to solve it [when teams pack the defense].
Guardiola said he would have preferred winning before the last moments. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me.
Star striker Sergio Aguero was substituted late on against West Ham having only taken two shots on goal for the match, yet Guardiola claims a recent dip in form is partly due to his recovery from a previous auto accident, coupled with more stringent opposition marking. Kevin de Bruyne playing as the holding midfielder gave us the tempo. Most of their shots were from outside the box and we filled the box and made it hard for them to score.
"I think we should have done much better with it", the former Everton and Manchester United boss told Sky Sports.
Guardiola expects an aerial bombardment from United after seeing his side concede another goal from a set-piece.