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Man City boss Guardiola: "It's important to get a good run of points."

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Guardiola giving orders to Gabriel Jesus [Getty]
Guardiola giving orders to Gabriel Jesus [Getty]

The Cityzens beat Fulham 2-0 on Saturday as they registered their first back-to-back win of the campaign.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is happy with the 'good run of points' his Cityzens are having at the moment. 

City registered a 2-0 win against Fulham at the Etihad on Saturday, thanks to goals from England international Raheem Sterling and Belgium midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne.

The match was City boss Guardiola's 700th game as a manager, during which he has won 29 major trophies in 11 campaigns.

However, after the victory yesterday, Guardiola asserted that it was important his side scored more and not gift goals to their opponents.

While speaking to BT Sport, the Spaniard said: "It's important to get a good run of points. For the chances, we had, yes [we should have scored more], but it was the same in Porto. It's important that we won and that defenders don't make mistakes and we don't gift goals.”

Guardiola lauded De Bruyne for how consistent he has been for the Cityzens.

"We know the quality from Kevin [de Bruyne] in the goals and assists,” the City boss said. “He's so important for us. Just look at how he runs and fights as a modern footballer today. He is an example of this. He put all this together and every season it's massive.”

The ex-Barca boss continued: "It's important to win games and clean sheets are a good fact, especially with the amount of chances we created again. The Fulham physicality was impressive. 

“Scott Parker always has something tricky, you know, he did well against Leicester. Now everyone can beat everyone. That's why it's important for the victory and no injuries to go into the Champions League with fresh players.

"We have to wait until the end of the weekend but what's important is the feeling in the team. We will improve."

Guardiola acknowledged City 'struggled at the beginning of the [2020-21] campaign for many reasons,' however, he is delighted they are now maintaining a 'solid' momentum, and he also urged his side 'to do the simple things better'.

"We struggled at the beginning of the season for many reasons," he told BBC Sport.

"Now four games, four clean sheets. It's so important for us to maintain this solidity.

"The finishing was wasteful. We know we have to improve this, but it's important to keep creating the chances. In the last 20 minutes we lost too many simple balls, which is a problem. We have to do the simple things better. That is the next step.

"Sterling scored a goal and won a penalty. It's important for the players up front to be scoring goals.

"This season looks like there will be a lot of teams in contention. Everyone can beat everyone. In this month it was important to get qualification for the Champions League, now we focus on the Premier League. It will be a long season."

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