Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has revealed Pep Guardiola severely criticised his side following their 1-0 win against Feyenoord on Tuesday night (21 November).
The Premier League leaders made it five wins from as many Champions League games courtesy of a late Raheem Sterling goal but were made it to work for it by the Dutch outfit and lacked their usual fluency going forward.
The result ensured City's incredible run of form stretched to 17 consecutive wins in all competitions, but Guardiola was far from happy after the final whistle.
"The manager at the end was quite angry with the team," Toure was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.
"We can do better than that. We played lazily. You have to respect the opponent and the way to do that is to score goals."
Such has been City's superiority so far this season that they had already secured qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League the win over Feyenoord, while they lead the Premier League by eight points after winning 11 of their 12 games so far.
However, Toure insisted the two-time Premier League winners had to remain concentrated and not allow complacency to creep into their game.
"That's my worry," he replied when asked whether City were running the risk of losing focus. "It's human nature that sometimes you are a little bit lazy, think you're super or arrogance can go in your head, especially when you are young. You look beautiful and think you're going to be the best. You see Feyenoord, they came and were difficult."
The game against Feyenoord was only the Ivorian's third start this campaign and he was one of seven changes Guardiola made from last weekend's 2-0 win away at Leicester City. With City still competing on four fronts, Toure admitted ringing the changes could have an undesired impact on their football.
"Sometimes, when the manager makes changes, then maybe in your head we're not so focused and we don't concentrate - we miss easy passes and we miss easy chances," he explained.
"The manager said so in the dressing room. After half-time you saw everyone pressed high and tried to make the difference."
Guardiola is widely expect to bring some of the regular starters back into the first team fold when City travel to Huddersfield in the late kick-off on Sunday [26 November] afternoon. Following their visit to the John Smith's Stadium, where Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the season last month, the Premier League leaders host Southampton and West Ham United in the space of four days, before travelling across town for the first derby of the campaign on 10 December.