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Pep Guardiola and Foden Laud Man City's Exceptional Performance in Win Over Forest



Pep Guardiola and Foden Impressed by Manchester City's Resilience in Premier League Win Over Forest


Manchester City's imperious form continued as they clinched a 2-0 Premier League victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday, leaving manager Pep Guardiola highly impressed with his side's remarkable display, particularly in the first half.



The league leaders faced a stern test from Forest but emerged victorious, maintaining their flawless start to the 2023-24 Premier League season. In the seventh minute, right-back Kyle Walker orchestrated the breakthrough, setting up midfielder Phil Foden, whose first-time finish found the back of the net. And in the 14th minute of the match, Matheus Nunes' precision cross met striker Erling Haaland's head, sealing the win for City.

Despite their dominance, the game took an unexpected twist 28 seconds into the second half when Spanish midfielder Rodri received a straight red card for an altercation with Morgan Gibbs-White. VAR upheld referee Anthony Taylor's decision, leaving City with ten men for the rest of the half.


Pep Guardiola and Foden React

Guardiola, reflecting on the match, praised his team's exceptional performance, especially in the first half, where they showcased their prowess against a physically formidable Forest side. The Spaniard stated as BBC Sport quoted: "An exceptional game in the first half. Exceptional game in the second for our resilience and our work because we played, I would say, 51/52 minutes ten against eleven so it was not easy but we were fantastic. I thought the way we played in the first half was amazing so against a difficult side for the physicality the pace they have up front so yeah, recover for the next one."

Goalscorer Phil Foden echoed Guardiola's sentiments, expressing his delight with the team's performance. He emphasised the first-half brilliance, despite a slight dip in the final moments of the period. Foden also commended the team's resilience, considering the challenging circumstances they faced after Rodri's early second-half red card.



Foden said: "Delighted with the performance. I think the first half was brilliant apart from the last 10, I think they found us out a little. The second half was not what we expected because Rodri got a red card quite early. It wasn't ideal but we showed a different side to us today to dig in and yeah I'm proud of the team."

Manchester City's convincing victory further solidifies their status as Premier League leaders, currently enjoying a five-point lead at the top. As they continue their impressive run, Guardiola and his team look ahead to their next challenge as they aim to maintain their exceptional form and quest for success.



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