Pep Guardiola reveals why he kept Manchester City players in dressing room for an hour

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If Manchester City are to win the Premier League title, it doesn't look like they're going to run away with it like many predicted.

Pep Guardiola's side are now without a win in five games in all competitions after being held 1-1 by Southampton, yet somehow, they are still top.

Arsenal and Tottenham both failed to pick up three points this weekend which has worked in their favour, but Guardiola still has plenty of work to do at the Etihad.


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The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has seen his philosophy questioned in recent weeks, as his side continue to be undone by playing out from the back.

In midweek against Barcelona, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was sent off as he continues his far-from-ideal start to life in the north-west.

This time, against the Saints, it was John Stones who was culpable for Nathan Redmond's opener, committing the cardinal sin of passing back across the goal.

With all these individual errors creeping in, it seemed something untoward was happening when the players didn't emerge from the dressing room for an hour after the final whistle.

City go into hiding

Of course, the most obvious explanation was that Guardiola was giving them the hairdryer treatment, understandably so as they hadn't capitalised on their title rivals' slip-ups.

However, it appears there was actually a much more innocent reason behind the City squad being locked away.

When asked why he took so long to conduct his post-match interview, rather than speaking immediately after opposite number Claude Puel, Guardiola joked to BBC Sport:

"The red wine was good and I took a little bit longer.

"We were together - we speak but nothing special. We speak about what is the situation."

It doesn't sound like City are heading for anything like a crisis just yet.

It's just testament to how open the title race is that the Sky Blues are struggling for form but are still at the Premier League's summit.

Nonetheless, Guardiola will want to prevent any more of these individual mistakes, so after their long chat in the dressing room, it'll certainly be interesting to see how City shape up against Manchester United in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

Will Manchester City's defending stop them winning the Premier League? Have your say in the comments. 

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