All is well at City as they started this season’s Champions League campaign in style against Shakhtar.
The Blues dominated from start to finish with first-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan and a late third goal from Gabriel Jesus. It was just the response needed after the weekend defeat at Norwich.
On to the reaction:
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“The important thing is the credit he has from all of us, he is an exceptional player,” Guardiola said.
”He knows how good he has to play because there are many in that position.
”In centre-back we have many injuries but in that position we have many players. He had seven months out in the first year but now I am so satisfied and people can start to look at what he’s done over recent months for this club.
”We couldn’t have won the Premier League the way that we did it without him, especially when he plays in three positions.
”Outstanding performance from Ilkay today.”
“Last season when he (Mahrez) played, he played good, but this season he is more regular and his performances have been top,” Guardiola said.
”He helps with defending and has been doing both, the same with Sterling. It’s a pleasure to watch.
”I didn’t have doubts that Ferna would do that. Of course Ferna is a player who can play many positions and has good personality and that’s why he is so important for us.
”I think already about Watford as we don’t have much time but to start away in the Champions League and get a good result (is positive).
”The way we played was very good, we created incredible chances but all the guys were fantastic - better than last season.”
“It was a quiet night at the back but the team have made a very good game,” Fernandinho reflected.
“It was easier at the back because we played as a team and the guys up-front closed down the space.
”I’ve been training in this position since the start of the season. Pep knows all about our squad and team. Today was my opportunity and I hope I can improve more.”
Ilkay Gundogan Reaction
“We played quite well I think. The first goal away helps you but we never relaxed, kept the ball well and created a lot of chances. the result is great for us at a tough ground,” said the German midfielder.
”We had at least a couple of clear chances. But the third goal killed the game and we were able to play down the last 15 minutes.
”It was necessary to respond and respond well (to the Norwich defeat) All of us, not just individually. They created good chances but we were solid at the back.”
Great way to start! ➕3 and a good performance. Keep pushing! For all the friends and fans from Ukraine, it’s always nice to be back here and spend some time with you. pic.twitter.com/DsW8WVRyji— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) September 18, 2019