Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, was happy with his team’s reaction today as they comfortably beat Cardiff, 5-0, in Wales.
Guardiola was in the stand to see his City team’s surprise loss to Lyon in the Champions League in midweek. However, the former Spanish international and Barcelona legend believes his men responded in the perfect way today.
“I don’t play. The managers, we are there to be there when they have little doubts, to support them. They made me happy, more than one year, two seasons, and that’s why I will always be with them.’’ Guardiola told the BBC.
“After a not good result in midweek, we responded with the same level we had for the last 12 or 13 months”
Guardiola’s men were three goals ahead at the interval but he made sure that complacency did not sneak into their game.
“In the second half at 0-3, you relax, you forget what you have to do, but we were consistent, we didn’t suffer too much and we created a good game.”
The City boss had some positive words for second-half substitute and two-goal hero, Riyad Mahrez, too.
“Of course the goals are important for Riyad Mahrez. He came here, he’s an incredibly talented player. He deserves to play more minutes, like Phil Foden. But the season is too long and they have to be ready, prepared, because they are going to play a lot of minutes.”
Brighton are Manchester City’s next opponents in the Premier League. The Seagulls will want to bounce back with a good performance after a disappointing 1-2 home defeat against Spurs on Saturday evening.