Pep Guardiola admits watching back on some of his touchline outbursts towards match officials has made him feel “ashamed”. But the Manchester City boss maintained bottling emotions up completely would be a good look for the game either.
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Referees have been told to get tough with bad behaviour from managers and players this season with a rash of yellow cards likely to light up the start of the season. And Guardiola admitted, judged on past form, one will most likely be coming his way at some stage this season for all that he will try to keep calm.
“I understand that sometimes we behave really badly with the fourth officials and referees. I had the feeling afterwards when we review that we feel ashamed,” he said.
“The other side is, we have to control but the emotions are there. If we can’t celebrate or say ‘what’s happened?’ it would be so annoying to be there all the time with no emotion. It is not nice either.”
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Guardiola is hoping equilibrium can be found which will allow conversation between touchline and officials whilst staying within the new guidelines. “Now I understand that we behave really badly and we have to improve but hopefully in the end we can find a balance,” he said.
“Now I know every time we talk it will be a yellow card so we have to adapt and accept the consequences and hopefully in the end we can arrive in the moment where we can talk with the referees and fourth officials and they can talk to us in a normal way.”
City begin their Premier League campaign away to Vincent Kompany’s Burnley on Friday evening. Erling Haaland will be aiming to start the season strongly after a sensational goalscoring campaign last term.
However, Guardiola wants him to focus on improving other areas of his game, not just goals. He said “I will advise him, don’t put much pressure on the goals.
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“I said to Erling, come back at your best, physically and mentally. If you score, fine. If you don’t score, fine.
“Try to improve in your details, in your quality and skills and in the spaces to be a better player. The team will give you as much chance as possible to score goals but I don’t want Erling to score 50 or 60.
“Try to be happy like he was last season and relax and try to get back your best after holidays. Train better every game you play and demand of yourself to make the effort and afterwards, he knows don’t force it and the goals will come naturally.”
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