Thirty-five goals scored in only ten games suggests it is all going rather well for Guardiola and Man City.
Guardiola’s challenge is to manage expectations.
Hence, while recognising “another good performance”, he also draws attention to “conceding three chances and West Brom scored two goals.”
There is a warning about the risk of complacency.
“It is not easy to win a lot of games. It can confuse you in the head and you can think you are what you are not. It was a good performance in a humble way.”
“We are only five points ahead of the second-place team and nothing like where we need to be at the end of the season.”
If you are a team chasing Man City, you must already be worrying where they may be at the end of the season.
Leadership communication lesson
The post-match interview forces a manager to communicate after a game, but Guardiola also provides an example of how leaders are always communicating. Enjoying great success may be more pleasurable than failure, but all teams will need to be reminded of the dangers of hubris and the importance of staying close to the processes that have brought them success.