Another late winner for Manchester City, this time against West Ham United, with David Silva… dressing up like Raheem Sterling, and doing in the 83rd minute what his English teammate had done three times in previous games; score late, give City all three points.
I learned to attack a bit differently. Normally we don’t play with two strikers and two wingers. Maybe to attack this kind of defence it is much better
Pep Guardiola told reporters after the match at the Etihad Stadium, looking rather thrilled to have learned something new, as he said.
They didn’t want to play. When they lost the ball, they didn’t press. They just went back with 10 players in the box. It has happened the last three games. It is almost impossible. With two strikers in the box, we can play the same way, with the same patience and the same quality. It is good news for me in the future
the Catalan said, talking about using both Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the second half, trying to break down West Ham’s 10-man defence.
The Man City manager was asked about the upcoming game at Shakhtar Donetsk, whether or not he’ll ‘sacrifice’ that game, keeping in mind that after a few days his team will be facing city rivals United.
Hopefully no-one will have injuries. I said to the players the guy who doesn’t want to play in Donetsk, let me know please. It is a big opportunity to win 18 points from 18 points. Kevin [de Bruyne] will have two or three days off, he is suspended. The best way to prepare for the United game is by playing good
Guardiola said. The Champions League game against Shakhtar will actually take place in Kharkiv, as Donetsk remains off-limits.