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Manchester City Handle Marseille, 3-0: Reaction & Tweets

Pep and his men top the group.

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Olympique de Marseille v Manchester City: Group C - UEFA Champions League Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

Manchester City’s perfect start to this season’s Champions League continued with a super display in a 3-0 win over Marseille.

City claimed their first competitive win on French land and the high flying energy seemed to revitalize the team.

Goals from Ferran Torres, who put City ahead in the first-half and more from Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling left the home side finished.

A win, clean sheet and overall great performance. We move.

On to the reaction-

Pep Guardiola Reaction.

“You can play five at the back and be offensive,” he said at his post-match press conference.

“We didn’t expect it because we didn’t see it in their games this season. When we saw three central defenders we suggested to the players, if they play in that way, we should change things.

“If they were not offensive it was because we played good in terms of our pressing. The way we played, we found the spaces we had to attack.

“We saw in the second half that they were brilliant in the first 15 minutes and we suffered.

“I give credit to our team. We didn’t let them play.”

“He has settled really well,” he said. “Ferran is not a striker. I would congratulate him for making the effort to play in this position.

“He scored the goal. It is not easy as a striker against five defenders.

“We don’t have many options until Sergio and Gabriel come back, so we had an alternative playing Ferran in this position.”

“Our application is exceptional from the first day I have been in this club,” he said.

“Sometimes the opponents are better than us, that is life.

“I know when you win you are a master and when you lose you are a disaster.

“It is important to start the Champions League with two victories because we are so close to being in the last 16. But still, it is the beginning. We are still improving.

“I saw the mentality from the first five minutes, the way we played. We were incredibly patient to wait for the right moment to score and not concede counter attacks.

“For 15-20 mins they were better. We defended well in the box. In general it was a good performance because in Europe I know how demanding and difficult it is.”

“We were so stable,” he said. “Ruben and Laporte were good.

“Walker is in best form since we have been here in Manchester.”

“It’s one of toughest games away in Premier League,” he said.

“Sheffield were so good last season.

“Now we enjoy today, tomorrow we are off and then we prepare for Sheffield best we can.”

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