Manchester City needed a Raheem Sterling last-minute goal to finish off the game against Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium, but even at 1-0 they were in perfect control of the match, leaving their manager satisfied.
A lot of credit to what we have done. The way Shakhtar play, they demand a lot of us but our high pressing was brilliant. We had problems in the first half, we did not make enough passes in a row but the second half was much, much, much better. We are so, so happy for the win
Pep Guardiola rold reporters after City’s 2-0 win, in a game that had no goals until early in the second half, when Kevin de Bruyne sent the ball in from a distance with a magnificent strike.
They were very narrow and there was little space in between but then our full-backs were able to dictate and created a lot of chances for another four or five goals. Even at 1-0, we were stable. We did not score goals but it was a demanding game. The next game against Napoli will be even tougher
the Catalan manager said. Truth is, City had indeed several chances to finish the game off earlier, with none bigger than Sergio Aguero’s missed penalty in the 72nd minute.
As for City’s most valuable player in the match, Guardiola had little doubt giving the title to Fabian Delph.
Fabian Delph was man of the match. When a guy who is so kind and can help the team, he is intelligent, is physical and never loses the ball. He controlled Marlos and did it very well
the Man City manager said.