Pep Guardiola Blamed The Ball For Manchester City's Lacklustre Performance Last Night

Are you getting enough sleep, Josep?

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Labouring to a 0-0 draw against Championship side Wolves in the Caribao Cup last night (City still won 4-1 on penalties... such is life), Pep Guardiola had a peculiar reason for why his free-flowing, oil-fed footballing Cthulhu were so off the pace last night: it was the ball's fault.

A few days after Jose Mourinho blamed storm Brian (poor Brian) for his team's dismal display against Huddersfield, now it's his cross-town rival Guardiola coming up with the odd excuses, claiming that the Mitre match ball used was "unacceptable for a high-level competition".

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Claudio Bravo saved two Wolves penalties before Sergio Agüero scored the winner, but Guardiola was less than pleased with the Mitre ball, which is usually used in Football League matches. "It is too light, it moves all over the place, it is not a good ball", Guardiola said after the match. "It is impossible to score with a ball like that and I can say that because we won, I'm not making excuses."

"All of my players said: 'What is that?' I'm sorry Carabao Cup is not a serious ball for a serious competition. It's for marketing, money, OK but it's not acceptable – it has no weight, nothing."

Sorry Carabao Cup.

Sergio Aguero and the pesky Mitre

On top of ball trouble, City also struggled to contain a particularly evasive squirrel, who made the ground staff look like right idiots with a David Silva-esque display of nimble footwork and intelligent off -the-ball movement.

Best player on the pitch.