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Man City boss Guardiola - 'We were better than Bayern Munich'

Goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva, and Haaland secured what was a thumping triumph for Man City and Pep Guardiola against Bayern Munich in Europe's elite competition.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with his Cityzens’ defensive performance in their 3-0 win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

The Premier League’s reigning champions kept a clean sheet as they thrashed the Bundesliga giants in the first leg of the quarterfinal tie at the Etihad Stadium.

Spanish midfielder Rodri broke the deadlock with a sublime curling shot from 25 yards in the first half before Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland's second-half efforts put the game to bed.

Guardiola’s boys were impressive and you could tell they are all together as they continue their push for their first-ever Champions League crown.

'How we defended was amazing'

After the enthralling match City boss Pep Guardiola told BT Sport: "When you are there you realise how good Bayern Munich are as a team. It was a tight game for 60 minutes. In a lot of moments, they were better than us but after 65 minutes we got the second goal and that helped us a lot. We made some changes. With the ball, we were better and I am happy for the result.

"I lived in Munich for two years, I know the mentality and quality they have. Still, a strong game to do.

"We were aggressive, the second goal was for that. We did it, how they defended the back four today was amazing. Looking at their bench, there was always a threat, it is really, really good but there is the second leg to play."

‘Special Bernardo Silva’

Midfield maestro Bernardo Silva was at the top of his game not only in attack but in defence as he made eight tackles against Bayern Munich, and Guardiola lauded the Portugal international in his post-match press conference: "I’ve been lucky to coach some very good players for Barca and Bayern. He’s one of the best players I ever trained in my life, ever, he’s something special as a football player."

‘It was about being calm.’

John Stones talking to BT Sport said: "It is a big learning curve for me [playing in midfield] in terms of positioning. It doesn't come naturally and I am learning all the time.

"I am trying to express myself, getting on the ball. The manager wouldn't expect me to do it if he didn't believe I could do it.

"We always felt comfortable, even 70-80 minutes into the game, it is about being calm and trusting in the process."

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