"Sam Allardyce is a genius" - Pep Guardiola Press Conference Highlights (vs West Brom)

After making the last 16 of the FA Cup (barely), Manchester City turn their attentions to the Premier League, and a win against West Brom would signal 11 consecutive wins in all competitions.
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After making the last 16 of the FA Cup (barely), Manchester City turn their attentions to the Premier League, and a win against West Brom would signal 11 consecutive wins in all competitions. 

Here's what Guardiola had to say when he faced the media before this one...

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Pep's reaction to Frank Lampard's sacking

The big breaking news this morning was Chelsea sacking manager and club legend Frank Lampard. Pep Guardiola has talked about the ruthless nature in football nowadays - and it seems Lampard is the latest to fall foul to that.

"You have to win. People talk about projects & ideas but it doesn't exist. You have to win or you be sacked. I respect the Chelsea decision but a huge hug for Frank, hopefully when the lockdown is over I can go to a restaurant and see him again."

"We depend on results, not the way we play or philosophy. You have to get results and if you don't you will be replaced." 

However, Pep says he's not judging Chelsea's decision:

"I'm not judging Chelsea's decision - I'm not there. Every decision has to be respected. Sometimes journalists ask clubs to be patient when journalists don't have patience. Our world is to try to win as much as possible."

"If that doesn't happen and you don't have the sporting director, owner, board in the same line and know where you have to go. Every manager needs time to do what you believe and let the players believe. That is exceptional, it happens in few places."

"Everyone wants results immediately and win the Premier League in November rather than January, or January rather than May. It's difficult to talk about projects - in one month you can drop everything you have built, opposition have good teams, managers too."

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Sam Allardyce a 'genius' 

West Brom's newly appointed manager has been tasked with one thing, keeping his side in the Premier League. Guardiola gave a glowing verdict, even describing him as a 'genius':

"He had good results, bad results, like everyone. It is not easy to take over a team during the season but against Wolves, Liverpool, other clubs he got good results. West Brom drew against us here, drew against Chelsea."

"Sam Allardyce is a genius to take teams when everyone believes it is over. It happens once, twice, three times you can't say it is lucky - he has done it so many times. Training today was really good. We're optimistic to travel to West Brom tomorrow."

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Results are giving the team a boost

Despite a shaky performance at the weekend, the team are still getting over the line. Guardiola admits that it's giving his team a boost, but is not looking too far up the table.

"The results give you an incredible confidence boost. Results make you play good or do you play good and get results? Both are connected but we're at the end of January so it is just West Brom, seeing what they have done since Sam Allardyce took over."

"The Premier League leader is Man United. We have the same games, we'll see then, but for now we are not top and the difference in the top six is so small. I don't see the table like I didn't watch it much when we were 12th and nine points behind the leaders..."

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Southampton win a turning point

Pep Guardiola has admitted winning away against a high-flying Southampton side late last year seems to have signalled a turning point in terms or results and performances.

"I think Southampton was one of the turning points with how difficult it was - they were in incredibly top form. After, the game against Newcastle and the process we started to play better and the results gave us confidence."

"We were far from the top of the league and we started getting closer. The team slept better, trained better. You always ask about the past, I'm not a big fan of this because it is the past and the next one is important."

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Plan for West Brom

Unless you've tried to erase it from your memory - much like myself - you might remember City's torrid 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium against West Brom earlier this season. Guardiola was asked what he has to do to ensure he takes maximum points from this one:

"We have to play a little bit better [than the last meeting]. We had chances to win the game at the end, but the way we played was not good."

"I know how good Allardyce teams are at set-pieces, throw-ins, corners. I imagine they worked this week to punish us in this way. They attack the channel - they have incredibly fast players, but at the same time you have to look for weak spots..."

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