Manchester City claimed a well deserved 177th Manchester derby with a victory 3-1 over United. With the win Guardiola and his team continue on an incredible streak, undefeated in the Premier League.
The champions were a lit from start to finish, taking an early lead through David Silva and doubling the lead after the re-start through Sergio Aguero.
Anthony Martial pulled one back from the spot before Ilkay Gundogan scored a great goal, finished off after a 44 pass effort by the Cityzens.
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Now, on to the reaction, from ManCity.com
“In the first half, we were not so good,” he admitted. “We played like: ‘I don’t want to lose the ball’ but with no intention to do something.
“We felt a bit of pressure – they wanted to do well in a Derby. That’s normal.
“We were stable and scored the first goal, which was so good.
“We changed a little bit the way we should press and the goal from Sergio helped us a lot.
“After that, we conceded and it is inevitable to think about last season – but we didn’t concede another chance and we defended so well.
“It is most satisfying that at 2-1, we reacted well. Step by step, we regained our game again and at 3-1, it was easy.
“Especially in the second half (the starts have been so strong). We spoke at half-time and said that we could play better then we did in the first half. We were much better.
“We didn’t find our normal rhythm but it is difficult – they defend so deep and they are so aggressive. It is not easy to find spaces against them and they have fast players, who want to attack our back four.
“Gundo [came on] and Raheem played like a striker so we had extra passes and in the last 30 minutes, we played a very good game.”
Guardiola also reserved praise for Raheem Sterling, who produced another excellent performance.
The display was capped in injury time with a flurry of showboating step-overs, as City managed possession in the final minutes, but the Catalan boss was more pleased with the winger’s overall contribution.
“I like a lot how he played,” Guardiola added. “The best way is to keep the ball and they did it – they controlled it absolutely.
“He defended back and then he made some movements with his legs, which we can avoid, but he is young!”
The Blues boss also dismissed talk of retaining the Premier League title – with the Blues just two points clear and three teams unbeaten after 12 matches for the first time in English top-flight history.
“The important thing is that we are consistent and that we play well most of the time but I see a lot of things we can improve.”
“It was very important to score the third goal because at 2-1 it is always a dangerous game,” said Gundogan.
”The third one killed it because it was so late.”
“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to score more than two last time but today we scored three and won the game so we’re very happy.
”United have ability to create chances and they are dangerous from set pieces. The third one killed it because it was so late.
”When I came on in the second half, he (Pep Guardiola) told me to keep the rhythm high and use the spaces. I played in the middle off David Silva and Fernandinho and looked to use Bernardo and Raheem. We wanted to keep the ball and I think that it worked out well.”
Kun Aguero Reaction
But Kun said he derived more satisfaction from the three points.
”For me it was more important to get three points but it’s always nice to score,” said Aguero.
And asked about his new haircut, Kun added “I don’t know. Sometimes my hair is crazy!”
It fills us with pride to win the derby with team work and our supporters crowding the stadium. Let's celebrate! (And while my hair may be gray now, Manchester is blue ) C’mon City! pic.twitter.com/kV6RWDxgVh— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) November 11, 2018
TOP OF THE LEAGUE STILL— Bitter and Blue (@Bitter_and_Blue) November 11, 2018
Next up is the last international break of the year which means no game for fortnight with the champions resuming a week from Saturday away to West Ham United.
See you then! CMON CITY!