Guardiola misses the pressure of managing in Spain & Germany

The Man City boss is enjoying his time in English football but says he and his squad would be better off if the fans were more demanding

Pep Guardiola says he misses the pressure of managing in Spain and Germany and suggests his Manchester City squad would be better off if the Etihad Stadium crowd were more demanding of results.

Guardiola says he is enjoying his first season in English football and has praised his "amazing" employers for doing everything to support him.

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The Catalan also says he is "so glad" to have such an understanding set of home supporters, highlighting how accepting they were after City were eliminated from the Champions League and failed to win their next three Premier League matches.

Guardiola also praised City's away fans in another section of his press conference after the Southampton game on Saturday.

But on several occasions in recent weeks he has stressed the importance of instilling a winning mentality into his squad, and he says a more intense, unforgiving environment would help his players.

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"Here I miss a little bit the pressure," he said. "Especially in Spain and in Germany, the pressure is higher to the players, to the managers, to everybody. Here it is calm. For example the fans are always perfect, I love that, and you know the club is amazing, the club supports everybody.

"[But] sometimes when you realise you cannot lose you feel the pressure, because you will be so criticised. To help the players step forward you have to create something to make them believe they [must not] lose, and we need time to create something to put in the heads and the hearts of the players that if you want to become a stronger club and stronger team that we cannot drop points at home, because our quality is higher, we cannot drop points.

"The difference is the mentality, not the quality, because the quality is always there."

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He added: "I enjoyed it a lot in Barcelona, I enjoyed in Munich and I am enjoying it here. The media, of course, when we lose in our job the managers sit here and we are killed, so in those terms it’s everywhere, but in general, for example, we were out of the Champions League in Monaco, we played three tough games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, and we didn’t win one game, and our game against Hull City our supporters [claps] helped us and supported us. And that in Italy, in Spain, doesn’t happen, that’s why I’m so, so glad for the fans we have, because for the first time in my life I have experienced that."

City play Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next Sunday and Guardiola went out of his way to urge the club's fans to give them an edge.

"Hopefully our supporters can travel to London as much as possible and support us," he said. "Away this season our supporters are fantastic, all season."