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Pep Guardiola admits he has to adapt to make Manchester City stronger

• Recent defeats persuade manager to review defensive approach
• ‘The main thing in English football is controlling the second ball,’ he says

Last week it was the subject of tackling that brought Pep Guardiola up short. This time it was the identity of the former player-turned-pundit who has been urging Manchester City to make more of them.

“Stan Collymore?” the City manager retorted when a Spanish journalist mentioned the source of the suggestion that his side need to toughen up and get more physical. “I have to accept the opinions of former players, the media and fans, because we did not win. But I hope they will give me a little more time. A victory will come.”

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