Pep Guardiola unfazed by Manchester City’s first defeat of the season

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola showed no disappointment after a2-1 Champions League defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk ended his team’sunbeaten run in all competitions this season.The result alsospoiled Guardiola’s milestone 100th appearance as manager in Europe’spremier club competition but the Spaniard was still delighted with theperformances of second-string players in his makeshift side.”I’m so pleased for Tosin (Adarabioyo), Phil (Foden) and Brahim (Diaz) and how well they played,” he told BT Sport.”We came here to win. We couldn’t but we were trying until the end to do so. I’m happy for the performance.”City were already assured of finishing as Group F winners and with one eyeon Sunday’s Premier League Manchester derby against United, Guardiolarested his entire first-choice back four.The shuffle played into Shakhtar’s hands as they launched waves of attacks on City’s rearguard, who looked completely at sea and rode their luck before Bernard firedthe home side ahead with a superb shot from 15 metres.Citykeeper Ederson gifted Shakhtar a second as Ismaily took advantage totighten the Ukrainian champions’ grip on a knockout-stage berth beforeSergio Aguero blasted a late penalty for the visitors.Shiftinghis attention to the United game, Guardiola refused to be drawn intobilling City as Champions League favourites heading into Monday’slast-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland.”Now we are going to rest, come back tomorrow and prepare for the game (against Manchester United),” he said.”It always happens when the draw (is made) – they talk about it but it depends how the team arrives at that moment, on that day.advertisement”Maybe you are good today but in February, you’re a disaster. Or the opposite. It will be tough. The contenders are tough but we are going to try.”last_img

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