Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has revealed what he told his players at half-time during the 2-0 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.
According to Guardiola, three successive home draws in the Premier League caused a degree of hesitancy in his players against Sheffield United.
With Manchester City leading 1-0 at half-time, instead of tweaking formation or changing the game-plan, Guardiola has said he reminded his players to go out, relax and enjoy themselves more.
“(We were) uncomfortable the last three times we were here,” Guardiola said.
“The first part was silent. The body language of players didn’t communicate, talk, laugh, or shout.
“It was a little bit, ‘okay we have to play’.
“In football, you have to have something inside. At half-time for the first time I didn’t talk one word about tactics – I took a chair and said ‘guys when you go out with a smile on your face and enjoy, we are going to win’.
“In the second half, the first 15 to 20 minutes was the best minutes we had, and that helped us win the game.”