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Pep Guardiola - “When you are losing you have to continue.”

Man City are Group A winners after beating PSG at the Etihad.


Man City are Group A winners after beating PSG at the Etihad. [GETTY]
Man City are Group A winners after beating PSG at the Etihad. [GETTY]

Manchester City came back from behind to beat Paris St-Germain 2-1 as the Cityzens secured their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s Man City were in high spirits after their outstanding performance against Mauricio Pochettino’s Parisiens.

France international Kylian Mbappe handed the Ligue 1 club the lead in the 50th minute but City continued to mount pressure and got their reward just after 63 minutes through Raheem Sterling, who tapped in Kyle Walker’s cross.

Then substitute Gabriel Jesus wrapped up the victory as the Brazilian finished off a lay-off from Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva.


PSG's attacking trio of Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and Neymar were a constant threat but City were the better team and deserved the victory.


'A lovely night for us.'


Man City boss Pep Guardiola told BT Sport: "It was a good game. The danger is always when they have the ball in the final third is terrible. But again we did a good performance like the first game.

“Unfortunately, in the first half the chances we had we could not convert. After their goal we suffer a knock-out for 5 or 10 minutes but after that, yeah. We thank our people for coming out and supporting us. It was a lovely night for us.



"Always, we try. They fought a lot because they demand a lot of effort defensively because of the quality they have with short passes. We are already qualified but today we did a good game against a top side. We are last five or six years, reaching the last 16, so we are top of the group and I am more than satisfied.

"We attack good in the spaces and the quality from Bernardo. When you talk about the right technique it is that. The right tempo and doing it in the right moment to give your team-mate the best chance to score the goal.

"It is a good lesson. When you are losing you have to continue. We knew a draw was a good result for us, but we won.


"Always I believe with their forwards, the further they are from our goal the safer we are. The closer they are, they find the spaces. Look at the action of Neymar when he missed the shot. They found that from nothing.


"They are too good upfront. We have to defend as a team. I don't know the stats, but I thought we were brilliant today."


'City are a very good team'


PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "Yes, I am disappointed. But at the same time, in the first half City played well and they forced us to play deeper.


"They were aggressive. After 0-0 in the first-half, we score and I think we were calm as we were controlling it really well. Man City changed the game and we concede two goals. You have to give credit to Manchester City, they are a very good team.

"The important thing is to qualify. We beat City in Parc des Princes, we lose here. The difference is the draw against Leipzig and why we finish second."



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