Vincent Kompany predicts Thursday's Premier League clash with Arsenal will be Manchester City's toughest of the season because they will be facing a "wounded animal". It is becoming increasingly obvious, therefore, that a return to the Champions League must be achieved by winning the Europa League in the same manner as Manchester United did last season - and defeat on Thursday will only make that scenario more likely.
"We needed the penalty to get going, to gain a bit of momentum, and that was the killer basically of the game after that", he said.
When your confidence is not at the best, the first thing that goes is your fluidity in the movement, the spontaneous side of the game. "But I think the players put in huge effort today and unfortunately we had some weak defending".
City need a maximum of six more Premier League wins to secure the title and emulate the team of Manuel Pellegrini who won the League Cup and Premier League double for the club in 2014.
"We want to focus on the next game, we played twice against the best side in the country at the moment, it was hard for us after a not-good performance in the first game". "It looks like we have lost against bottom of the league in division five". We are always focused and we know how tough it will be until the end of the season. The former Chelsea goalkeeper is still on the lookout for his 200th clean sheet in the Premier League as Arsenal have failed to keep one in their last 9 games.
"Of course I'm going to write a letter, explain my position", he said. The players know exactly how important the league is for our future.
He told Sky Sports: "We never discuss (the Treble), but what I do know from my team is that there's the desire to not just win games but dominate them; create chances, score goals".
It was an impressive statement of intent from Guardiola's team at Wembley after a shock FA Cup defeat to lowly Wigan last week ended their bid for an unprecedented quadruple. "I'm surprised that you're surprised", Wenger said about the crowd reaction.
City will be without midfielder Fernandinho, who suffered a hamstring injury at Wembley, and forward Raheem Sterling is again doubtful with a muscle problem. The City boss' responses were cold and blunt. "So, I'm 100 per cent grateful to them". It is another country, yet they did that.