Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said after the 1-1 draw at home against Southampton that he isn’t worried about the dip in form.
City are winless in the last five games in all competitions, and were held to their second straight draw in the league on Sunday as Southampton visited the Etihad Stadium. City fell behind in the 27th minute after a goal by Nathan Redmond. The home side managed to find an equalizer in the second half through Kelechi Iheanacho, but were unable to grab a winner.
“We are together,” Guardiola said after the game. “We spoke [in the dressing room] about the situation we have.
“We are going to accept the situation: five games without winning because something happened. We want to go up and up.
“I was a football player – I know this can happen. You can win ten times in a row and then you are not able to win five times. That is part of football. You have to accept that.
“I have to discover the reason why and I am going to find that. I have to help the team to achieve.”
Guardiola thought that part of the problem against Southampton was a lack of creativity going forward.
“We had problems to create our build-up,” Guardiola said.
“It was slow and when we arrived with players in front, we could not make the difference.
“There is a difference between the first and second half. Unfortunately, we could not win.
“In the second half, we tried. There was chances and nothing else. We didn’t create too much but we were there.
“Part of the reason why we didn’t win is because the difference between the first and second half is obvious.
“Mistakes are not the reason why – not because of [Aleks] Kolarov’s own goal at White Hart Lane, or missed penalties. There is something more – about how you react in situations.
“When we see the performances in 90 minutes, it is not bad.
“It was important to change our dynamic [from the last games]. Everything influences when you play well or bad. It affects you mentally – we are working on it.”