Pep Guardiola has shown just how much of a perfectionist he is, saying that his side could have done better, despite thrashing Schalke 7-0 in the Champions League last 16 second leg.
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus rounded off a 10-2 aggregate win over the Bundesliga side, although Pep Guardiola thought his side were ‘a bit scared’ in the opening exchanges.
“It was a clear result. We are happy to get to the quarter-finals. We didn’t start that well, we were a bit scared to play. But after it went 1-0, we relaxed and decided to play and be aggressive,” Guardiola told BT Sport.
“Of course with the qualification already secured, it was tough for them and we kept a good level. We have a lot of injured players so we want to continue this run and get those players back fit.
“Everyone has to compete with each other to play. They all want to play. Everybody tried to play, be bold and keep going.”
It was a game in which the Video Assistant Referee was called upon on a number of occasions, and while Guardiola said he is happy that the technology makes the game ‘fair,’ he urged the officials to be quicker with their decisions.
“They need to be a little bit quicker to make decisions but it is fair,” Guardiola added.
“The two penalties went against us from VAR in Germany but at the end it is fair. At the end that is what we are looking for. Hopefully in the Premier League next season that is what can happen. I am happy with VAR. Hopefully it can be quicker than today.
“I like the teams who deserve to win, go through. Sometimes you don’t go through for wrong decisions. It helps referees to make those decisions fairly.”