Pep Guardiola: Vincent Kompany 'mentally not ready' to return

Eamon Dunphy tore into Pep Guardiola and Man City after they were soundly beaten 4-0 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp tonight

Josep "Pep" Guardiola, the former Spanish footballer and managerial maestro, insists he will quit Manchester City and return to Spain than change his playing style following his club's 4-0 defeat to Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

City are in the midst of a four-game winless streak as they prepare to face Southampton on Sunday, and although the speculation above was unwanted by Guardiola, he will have to focus himself and his players on the task in hand and avoid their dip in form extending any further.

"Vincent wasn't fully fit that's why we took a decision at Camp Nou".

On Sergio the boss added: "I spoke with Sergio, he was very understanding and he helped us from the bench".

Pep Guardiola enjoyed a dazzling start to his reign as Manchester City manager, so much so that after six successive Premier League wins some were suggesting the only real fight this season would be for runners-up spot.

"I'm still really impressed with how quick, we played good many times to win the game with personality in the short time".

Guardiola has loaned goalkeeper Joe Hart to Torino and left midfielder Yaya Toure out of the Champions League squad but the Catalan said he does not intend to make Aguero, scorer of 147 City goals, and club captain Vincent Kompany part of a clearout of big names.


"The most important thing now is just to keep on working, keep doing what we are doing".

Meanwhile, Guardiola has admitted that Vincent Kompany's "head is not right" following his two years of injury problems.

"I've never trained with him in the past", he said. "If one day he wants to come to City, we would open the doors wide for him".

He said: 'I saw the game against Inter Milan.

Keeper Claudio Bravo was sent off for handling outside his area, after making a mistake trying to adhere to the manager's strict policy of playing the ball out from the back. But in Barcelona he went to the doctors and said, 'I'm not able to play'. I try to keep the ball in Camp Nou because I believe when you have the ball, Messi, Suarez and Neymar don't have it and they are still risky, but less unsafe. We need decades to do that. Moreover, suspicion of this ruthlessness was piqued again after failing to start star man Sergio Aguero the last two matches, including the pivotal fixture against Barcelona.

It takes a courageous man to stand tall and declare that they know better than Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola knows it's a risky approach - he says so openly and regularly - but he believes the value of retaining possession outweighs the chances of making a mistake.

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