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Guardiola hails ‘outstanding’ Man City after narrow 1-0 win over Leicester

Pep Guardiola was left beaming by his sides showing away to Leicester today, as the reigning champions secured a hard fought 1-0 win.

Bernardo Silva – who had been linked with a summer exit – scored the only goal of an entertaining clash at the King Power Stadium, as the Premier League champions made it three consecutive victories to move second in the division.

 

The meeting was the first between the teams since Leicester’s Community Shield success last month and both sides created chances, but it was the Portugal international who proved the difference with a close-range finish in the second half.

Speaking afterward Guardiola was full of praise for his sides display and the performance of match winner Bernardo.

“Excellent. We played really well from the first minute. After the international break, you always have doubts,” Guardiola told BBC Sport.

”We were a high level again for three weeks in a row. We had many chances and could have scored more goals. This is a step we still need to take.

“What can I say? The keeper is the best player of the Leicester team because we did many, many good things. You have to be patient. They are so dangerous when they attack outside so it’s difficult to control them but we did well.

“They put substitutions on and they drop a little bit to get the ball so we knew it, but we played really well.

“We score the last 11 goals from nine different players. It’s the only way to sustain our level. [Bernardo Silva] is back in the best form and mentality. He is an exceptional player and we know it.

“Of course I’m happy with the three points. Our performance was outstanding. Leicester, like the last years, have always been fighting until the end. I’m very pleased. If you are able to score or shoot, I don’t know how many, it is because you are doing very good things. Kasper Schmeichel is an incredible keeper and saves these goals.”

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