Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City admitted that his club players were “nervous” as they were beaten by Wolves at the Etihad Stadium.
It was two consecutive goals from the former Barcelona player, Adama Traoré, broke all the hopes of Manchester City for a win.
The 23-year-old Traoré – who began his career under Guardiola at the Camp Nou – scored two in the last 10 minutes for a result that leaves the champions eight points behind Liverpool, having lost twice in their opening eight matches.
That represents their worst start to a season since 2013-14 under Manuel Pellegrini, although the current manager said it is best not to look at the table due to the chasm.
“It was a bad day, sometimes it happens,” Guardiola said. “We started quite well and after we conceded two situations in our buildup where it’s impossible to defend, we got a little bit nervous. We controlled them better in the second half but at the end with us attacking and people up front, we lost balls in positions [where] it is so difficult and they were clinical. Before that we hit the post but the way we played was not good. It was not a good day.”
Pressed as to why City were nervous, Guardiola added: “It sometimes happens. We spoke about this: ‘Come on guys, a lot of games [still] to play, we did it [last season] and we’re going to do it again.’ We lost to a good team that were really well-organised, good physicality, strong in the air and so fast on the counterattack. We knew it.”