For some people, Manchester City’s tragic loss from Wigan is not a complete disaster. In fact, it will only make stronger than ever.
City’s dream of quadruple finally had to end after Wigan beat them 1-0 on Monday. Will Grigg scored the deciding goal for Wigan in the 79th minute, shortly before the referee sent off Fabian Delph in the first half.
However, for some people, this loss is not a complete disaster for City. Gudjohnsen, who once played for Barcelona under Guardiola, said that thing like this will only make City stronger than ever. They will bounce and win. When that time comes, everyone will be amazed by how this loss changes them.
The match might have ended with a huge disappointment to City, their fans, and especially Guardiola. However, it is not because the players are not good enough or they lack the desire to win. It is just because it was not their time yet.
Also according to Gudjohnsen, City had played their best during the match. They never made mistake and even left any space for Wigan. However, the spirit Wigan showed yesterday is worth to call one of the biggest challenge City has ever faced.
City will now focus on EFL Cup final on this Sunday where they will meet Arsenal. At least, this defeat allows Guardiola and his men to focus on the Carabao Cup. They don’t have to worry about anything again. So, yes, from this perspective, there is still a good thing from their loss.
As a manager, we would like to see how Guardiola advances with this loss. He is not such a person who will surrender after a defeat. It will do nothing, but make the team stronger than ever.
As for Wigan, Upson, a former England defender said that the City’s opponent played well. They gave huge pressure on City, harried them, and eventually beat them. Even though we must admit that City should have been better than last night, we should also admit the excellent performance Paul Cook and his men gave last night.
He later continued that the biggest mistake City did last night is they weren’t able to move from their fatal mistake: traditional English-style football. Wigan knows this and it was the exact style they played last night. They know the nasty secret about City and used it very well. Unless City fixes this weakness in the future, most likely we will see other Wigans beating Guardiola and his players.
Gudjohnsen also agreed about this point, saying, ” It was a bit too nice at times, their defenders have to realize what it’s like to come up against hard-working British center-forwards. Wigan were all about hard work. They ran their socks off, they were quite well organised and they deserved it.”