‘Iheanacho and co. are confused under Guardiola’

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Iheanacho rues a missed opportunity
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic claims that Kelechi Iheanacho and his Manchester City teammates are lacking confidence because of Pep Guardiola's tactics.

The Citizens are currently fourth on the premier league log after defeat on New Year’s Eve against Liverpool and a narrowly win over Burnley at the Ethihad.

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Ahead of the FA Cup tie beteen the Hammers and Guardiola’s men on Friday, Bilic argues that the Citizens are suffering from confidence crisis because of the confusion of tactics employed by their Gaffer.

"After you have three or four wins on the trot then the opponent may be pressing you but you are not scared," he told UK newspapers.

"OK, you can occasionally lose the ball but you don't care. At the end of the day, it's the plan.

"But after you make some mistakes and it ends in defeat then you think twice about it. You try it again but you are not that confident any more. It's like a chain."

Bilic then switched attention to his team as he urged them to do more and as they look to improve on their current 13th place on the premier league table.

"The manager has his philosophy and everything and the manager guides you as a player but at the end of the day it's your decision," Bilic said.

"If you are in the box, if you don't know where you are because you were ball watching and you are in front of your goal, no manager is expecting you to get the ball on your chest. It's always the player's decision.

"If you are talking about Guardiola I have seen so many times Gerard Pique putting the ball in the stands [at Barcelona] when necessary. It's the player's decision always."

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