Man City boss Pep Guardiola: Comeback win proves we are worthy champions

Arnold Nichols
November 27, 2017

But to Guardiola's delight, City responded to the threat with Sergio Aguero's penalty equaliser and a late Raheem Sterling victor.

"We spoke about us needing this kind of situation to happen", said Guardiola.

"The Premier League is so tough, now winter has come, we knew they were so aggressive so strong, but we are so happy for the way we won", Guardiola said. We had chances and we were able to win and we are top of the group.

Ominously for their title rivals Guardiola's side show no signs of slowing down, although the Spaniard was quick to dismiss the notion that City could match Arsenal, who are the only side to finish a Premier League campaign unbeaten. Because there are games every three days and you have to play a lot of games like this. "It was a big win in a real Premier League game". Sergio and Gabriel didn't play all the games - normally both are better - but it's good. "We made an outstanding performances in that sense".

Tom Ince's whipped corner from the right flicked off the unfortunate Otamendi's shoulder to leave Ederson helpless in the Citizens' net, with the goal the difference between the sides heading into the interval.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates with Kyle Walker after scoring | AP
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling celebrates with Kyle Walker after scoring | AP

Pep Guardiola's men continued to push for the victor and it eventually came in the 84th minute when a Gabriel Jesus shot deflected off the keeper and onto Sterling before looping into the back of the net.

Guardiola told a news conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Huddersfield Town that he is delighted by Sterling's contribution and that they can't rely on their strikers to score all the goals.

Guardiola added: "He is still young and he can still improve". I think the penalty is more than clear'.

"I am impressed, but still he is 22 years old".

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