“Now, I’m a genius?!”
Pep Guardiola jokes that the media should praise him after he selected match-winner Phil Foden from the start
Full press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXnRPNXuKTQ …
Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has praised his side’s top performance against Tottenham Hotspurs in the Premier League. The Premier League Champions saw a lone goal from Phil Foden lift them back up into the Premier League summit after a troubling week that saw them exit the Champions League. The Manchester City manager also reserved some compliments title challengers; Liverpool.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola spoke with the BBC immediately after the game and appreciated the strong show of character from his side:
“Both teams have incredible players with heart and personality. It was a real tough game after our mental defeat on Wednesday and we knew we could have lost the Premier League today.”
“As a footballer, I could not have done what my players have done today. The title is still in our hands. We’ve been on a remarkable run, playing against an incredible team like Tottenham and fighting for the Premier League with the best Liverpool team ever, one of the best teams I’ve seen in my life. We’ll fight until the end and see how far we get.”
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss could not hide his excitement and pleasure in goalscorer Phil Foden: “He’s so dynamic and adds extra intensity into our game. I wanted more attack and aggression in the box and he brings that to us with his work and ability. He did well today against top players.”
Phil Foden with his first PL goal.
Spare a thought for the one commentator sounding as if he’s being throttled
The Manchester City goalscorer who got his first goal for his club must be so proud as a graduate of the club’s academy. Although Bernado Silva was named as the man of the match, he handed over the award to his Manchester City team mate who was blushing with pride at the gesture.
Bernardo Silva’s game by numbers vs. Tottenham:
5 tackles made
4 chances created
And he gave his MOTM award to Phil Foden.
Foden also spoke with the BBC at full time and said: “When an opportunity comes along, I want to be able to take it. Today it paid off. Kun (Aguero) did great to head it back across goal and luckily I was there. I want to get in the box and score goals. I look up to every player in this team and try and learn from them.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed his disappointment in the result but was quick to laud his players with praise: “It was an amazing game. Both teams competed really well and we deserved more. Ederson was man of the match.”
“I am happy; disappointed with the result but so happy with the performance. Our next three games will be decisive in achieving all we want this season.”
Manchester City travel to Old Trafford in midweek ahead of a crucial Manchester Derby that promises to be a cracker. The city rivals of the Premier League champion have Top 4 dreams of their own and they need all the point they can get in the last few weeks of the season.
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