Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, has criticised himself for making a “horrible” decision before the matchup against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
Although the Gunners still have a game in hand, his squad will enter the City Ground as league leaders after defeating Arsenal on Wednesday and moving them to the top of the standings on goal difference.
Yet, Guardiola is not happy with himself and will strive to play better against Forest.
According to NottinghamshireLive, although having a reputation for being a tactical genius, Guardiola acknowledged that he tried something different against Arsenal, and while his team eventually won the game and the three points, the experiment backfired and cost them.
“My tactics. I decided something new and it was horrible. We suffered.
“There was only one team on the pitch after we scored our first goal and that was Arsenal. We couldn’t connect with a pass, we were just playing long balls, no-one was moving and no-one wanted the ball.
“This result is so important because we could have come here a few weeks ago eight or nine points behind them and if we lost it would be almost over.
“Because they have dropped some points it has given us the chance to get closer. But the reality is that I still consider Arsenal to be top of the league because they have played one game less than us.”