Pep Guardiola can finally say his Manchester City team took their chances and didn't concede any silly goals on their way to a comfortable, dominant 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round.
The boss spoke after the game and was clearly satisfied with the performance and the result:
“We’re in the next round which we are pleased about. The cup is always complicated in a way because we started well but then had a difficult 15 minutes until we scored the first goal.
“We didn’t take some of our early chances but that’s been happening all season. The important thing is we created a lot of chances, did score three goals and also kept a clean sheet.
“While it’s good to have a clean sheet because of the goals we’ve conceded lately, it is also important to score goals, which we did.”
Guardiola, source: ManCity.com
Pep also took the time to praise his two candidates for the Man of the Match, David Silva and Yaya Touré:
“After we went 2-0 up, it was much easier for us. We can play better but I’m happy. David was amazing, the way he kept waiting and waiting for the right moment before playing in Leroy. And Yaya, with his quality, scoring the third, he is an exceptional player."
Another big talking point from the game was the return of Vincent Kompany, who played 90 minutes and looked fantastic in his comeback from a two-month injury absence. Pep is happy and glad that the captain can now be trusted to play more than just one match going forward:
“We are so happy for Vincent. He’s had a long time away and he played 90 minutes today with no injuries – now he can go forward with confidence and we have another player for the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, which is very important because the games will come thick and fast now.”
Gabriel Jesus was one of the stars of the show, too. The Brazilian looked confident and recorded his first assist for the club in his full debut for City, and Pep was very happy with his new signing's performance on Saturday:
"He helped us a lot. He's so aggressive, even though he's not a tall guy he's very strong. It's the first game, it's not easy for him to communicate [because] he doesn't speak English, he will need time. But he makes a lot of movements, his assist for the first goal was outstanding... [He's] the future [of] Manchester City."
That's some praise for the kid, right? Jesus deserves it, though. He'll be a great player.