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It is being called by various media outlets as the best international performance of Manchester City ever since Pep Guardiola took charge, and it most probably was.
City were absolutely dominant at Feyenoord’s De Kuip, took the lead less than two minutes into the game thanks to a John Stones goal, and… never looked back.
Last season we were not able to win one game away in the Champions League. We spoke about that. If we want to take a step forward we have to become an important team at home and away
Guardiola told BT Sport after the match in the Netherlands, which his team ended up winning 4-0, with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus scoring as well in the first 25 minutes, before Stones added a second personal in the second half.
Even after we scored early we continued attacking. We played well offensively and defensively in terms of character. There are a lot of things to do still it is important for us to see you can play with this mentality, with attacking, making high pressing and not conceding counter-attacks
Guardiola said. As for City’s unlikely double scorer, Stones, he explained reporters what has changed this season, what allowed him to send the ball in twice.
I don’t get on the scoresheet too much but I’m trying to bring more goals to my game. When the delivery is so good… he kind of puts it on a plate for you, Kevin [De Bruyne]
the English defender said. He scored two more goals during preseason, adding a new dimension to his game.