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Guardiola Delighted with how Man City's Resilience Shined

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Guardiola Delighted with how Man City's Resilience Shined as They Began Champions League Title Defence

Manchester City, the reigning champions of Europe, had their mettle tested in their opening Champions League fixture against Crvena Zvezda. While the first half presented a scare with a 1-0 deficit, Pep Guardiola's side showcased their true character to clinch a triumphant 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Julian Alvarez, the emerging star of the evening, stole the spotlight with a remarkable brace, complemented by Rodri's clinical strike, securing the much-needed win for the Citizens.

Speaking to TNT Sports after the game, Guardiola acknowledged his team's relentless efforts, stating: "The last two games I didn't know how many chances we missed. We played really really good but we were not able to score goals. We were consistent and in the end, we won the game."

Reflecting on a staggering 22 shots in the first half, Guardiola emphasised: "Having 22 shots on goal means you are playing really good. It has to be the responsibility of the people in front to have to score the goals. If we scored two goals early in the beginning it would've been completely different."

Addressing his halftime team talk, the strategist shared: "I said 'guys, we cannot say we are playing bad. Forget the result, we are able to come back so go for it and be more calm'. We did it."

Praising Julian Alvarez's consistency, Guardiola confirmed: "He deserves it, every single game he is working, scoring goals, making assists. He deserves it."

Regarding Bernardo Silva's injury-enforced substitution, Guardiola expressed hope for the best, saying: "I don't know what he has. I didn't talk to the doctor. Hopefully, it is not bad."

As the Citizens embark on their Champions League title defence, they've demonstrated their resilience and determination again, setting the stage for an enthralling campaign ahead.

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