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Guardiola pleased with City's win over Sevilla and lavishes praise on Rico Lewis.


Rico Lewis of Manchester City celebrates [Getty]
Rico Lewis of Manchester City celebrates [Getty]

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased his Cityzens secured a come-back win against Sevilla in their final Champions League group game, and also lavished praise on youngster Rico Lewis.


Rico Lewis scored on his full Man City debut as the 17-year-old became the youngest player to hit the net in his first start of Europe's elite competition.


City were already a goal down after a first-half header from Rafa Mir, but the Premier League champions responded seven minutes after the break when Lewis stepped on to Julian Alvarez's pass and fired a powerful shot that went past goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.



It was a moment the young full-back Lewis will never forget, celebrating with much joy and passion.



Winger Riyad Mahrez sealed the win seven minutes from time after Julian Alvarez made it 2-1 in the 73rd minute as City extended their unbeaten run in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium to 23 games.


Speaking to BT Sport after the 3-1 victory over the Sevilla side, the City boss said: "We struggled [in the first half].


"In the first half the guys tried. Second half was better, really good goals. I'm happy for everyone."



When asked about Rico Lewis, who is now the youngest player in Champions League history to score on his first start in the competition, breaking the record previously held by Karim Benzema, Guardiola replied: "What a goal. He's a fantastic player, so intelligent. He understands everything. He made a fantastic goal and played really well."


"In the second half we put more people close to the box. In the first half they were a little bit wider."


On the youngsters: "They played in the Champions League against Sevilla, an experienced team. Good victory."



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