Fifteen goals, in three games, with none conceded, means City are having a moment.
Against Watford Guardiola believes, “We played so good, we played so good.”
He amplifies the result by placing it in a frame of his choosing.
“Last season Arsenal, Manchester United were beaten here, Liverpool did not win here and it is hard, especially after being away in the Champions League three days before.”
The result is a consequence of the performance.
“We build up, a lot of players close to the ball, we are able to make short passes, we have a lot of energy with our full backs to be able to go up and down, the players who come from the bench give us something new, so it is good.”
“We make a good performance. That is the most important thing, because when you make a good performance, after that you always win.”
Questioned as to whether the staff and players were now a more relaxed team, Guardiola brings it back to basics.
“Winning games gives you more confidence so the staff are happier.”
“The reason we are here is to win games.”
Leadership communication lesson
Success is an opportunity to build the belief of your team in the work they are doing and the decisions you have taken. Within any team there will be individuals who doubt and are critical of the leader. Framing your success in an argument of your choosing – as Guardiola does here in stressing the strategic elements of the performance – is a powerful tool for a leader to push these voices to the margin.