'Iheanacho and his teammates need to have winning mentality'

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 17/04/2017

Pep Guardiola has said his side needs to have a big-club mentality and says he will need time to instill that in them.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has pleaded for more time to instill the winning mentality into the club.

City were impressive as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, in what was arguably their most impressive performance all season, but performances like has so far been the exception, rather than the norm, and Guardiola is pleading for more time to get them playing that way more often.

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“We need time to put something in the heads and the hearts of the players,” Guardiola said. “If you want to become a stronger club and stronger team, you cannot drop points at home. The difference is the mentality, not the quality which is always there.

“For example, we were out of the Champions League in Monaco and we played three tough games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. We did not win one game but then against Hull City, our supporters clapped and supported us. In Italy and Spain, that does not happen. That is why I am so glad for the fans we have because it is the first time in my life I have experienced that.”

Guardiola will lead City out next Sunday in the FA Cup semifinal against Arsenal in what is their only real chance of a title this season, before then facing United in the Manchester derby in the Premier League and the former Bayern Munich boss has challenged his players to showcase a big-club mentality by winning both.