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City boss pleased with side despite first defeat — Guardiola happy

07 Diciembre 2017

Though City are assured of top spot, the game is a pivotal one for their hosts, with Shakhtar needing a point to secure progression at the expense of Napoli, who face pointless Feyenoord in their final group game.

The Brazilian, Pep Guardiola's second attempt to replace Joe Hart, has already kept ten clean sheets and impressed many of the club's supporters with his absolute confidence with the ball at his feet (perhaps best summed by one particularly memorable touch in the midweek win against Southampton last week).

"It's a big victory", Guardiola told the BBC. The squad is deep enough to rotate and still have a good team to go out and get the win. The Manchester Derby, just couldn't be set up any better, could it. No stories of Lacazette or David Silva.

De Gea's double save from Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez in particular was otherworldly. They have phenomenal organisations.

"We have a big week, with Swansea and Tottenham following the United game", says City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. It is a look Guardiola knows all too well and its reappearance indicates the biggest managerial rivalry of recent times is about to erupt again.

"Now we are going to rest, come back tomorrow and prepare for the game [against United]". Sarri's side may yet make the last 16 regardless of the team City pick, but if they do end up in the Europa League they will only have themselves to blame. Bernard curls a beautiful strike past Ederson to break the deadlock. The centre-backs - Victor (Lindelof) is in fantastic form right now. Super pass over the top from Marlos plays Ismaily in, out comes Ederson, but he does nothing, leaving Ismaily the simple task of nicking the ball around him before slotting into the empty net for his first Champions League goal.

Guardiola refused to shake Cesc's hand after Manchester City lost to Chelsea last season, raising the tension between himself and the playmaker. "So we are optimistic of course".

"It was a fantastic result (at Arsenal) with some great performances".

The arrival in Manchester of the two pre-eminent managers of the age stoked the embers of a bitter personal rivalry that had crackled with blistering intensity during the two years they spent in opposing camps in Spain. But by the time of their most recent meeting, at the Etihad Stadium in April, thoughts of an all-Manchester title shootout had vanished.

He won the Premier League with Mourinho then claimed to have experienced something different with current coach Conte, hitting back at his two previous coaches.

City boss pleased with side despite first defeat — Guardiola happy