Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boss Must Keep Tension Level Right

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boss Must Keep Tension Level Right

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PEP Guardiola joked after beating Leicester that he would kill any City players that grew complacent - but the manager is largely powerless once the first whistle goes.

While a potent cocktail of quality and willpower has powered the Blues to 17 consecutive wins since a home draw with Everton in August, both sides have threatened to turn things sour at different points.

Last month at the Hawthorns, it was determination that won the day. City regressed to last season's level of accuracy in both boxes, missing too many chances and conceding too easily to win a game 3-2 that the manager claimed should have been as convincing as 6-1. Against Feyenoord, it was the opposite. One moment of quality from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan - coupled with some harsh words from Guardiola at halftime - ensured the team shrugged off a lethargic performance. …

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