After FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the Spanish coach Guardiola signed with Manchester City and is discovering the Premier League. Here is his assessment following the first game and a hard fought victory:
“For the first game at home it was going to be a question about the Premier League – you saw the results of the other games. I’m very pleased about the performance we achieved. In the first 10-15 minutes we played good. The second half until the goal from Defoe we played really, really well, we made good build ups, with John, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Gael and Sagna.
Maybe we should attack quicker but that is normal in the moment we are. We have to learn. I saw many good things about the spirit of the team. We have to build something from that.”
Today I decided the team because of many many reasons. I wanted aggression without the ball, to create a good build up. I think with Willy, with John and Kolarov and Fernandinho they did a really good job.”