Guardiola has suffered a frustrating first year in England, and is destined to end a season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career.
His team go into Sunday’s final Premier League match at Watford lying 15 points behind Antonio Conte’s champions.
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Guardiola believes too many home draws this season – seven in all – have stopped his team from mounting a proper title challenge.
And he has called on his players to make sure none of their rivals can pull away so easily next season.
“We have to have to work harder next season to reduce that gap”
Man City boss Pep Guardiola
Guardiola said: “We were not in the title race until the end. Normally the big teams always fight until the end, and after that you can win or lose.
“In the Premier League, we didn’t fight until the end for the results because two teams were better than us and we dropped a lot of points at home. We must improve on that next season.
“Depending on what happens the day after tomorrow, we are going to finish maybe 15 points behind the first and the second. The gap to the leaders is big. We have to have to work harder next season to reduce that gap.”
Guardiola, meanwhile, says it is not necessary to bring in retrospective bans for diving – because he argues that players should not be punished for mistakes.
New Football Association rules passed on Thursday will allow a panel to study clips of players accused of diving, and to hand out bans if they believe there has been cheating.
But asked if such a move was needed, Guardiola said: “No, because everybody makes mistakes. Are we going to review the referees? No. It sometimes happens.
“It doesn’t matter what I say. My influence and my opinion don’t count. Whatever they decide, we’re going to accept and we’re going to accept the bans and the cases.
“I think diving is not the most important thing to improve. There are many other things we can improve.
“The referees, the referees they know everything. They are the bosses in those terms. I adapt to the rules, the federation, FIFA, UEFA, what they do for football.”
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