Manchester City have themselves a successful Boxing Day!
Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres scored as Manchester City maintained a fine Premier League home record against Newcastle United with a comfortable 2-0 win.
Pep was happy with the performance. So, a win, clean sheet and we move.
On to the reaction-
Pep Guardiola Reaction
“We did really well,” he said. “It was a tough game with the weather conditions.
“We struggled to score goals but we played like we needed to play. It was important the way we played.
“It was the best performance of the season in terms of (the fact that): our football has to be played in one rhythm – it can’t be up and down all the time.
“We have to make a tempo. To do this, everyone has to be in the right position and do his job.
“It’s not easy with ten players behind the ball but the guys did really well and I’m glad for the way we played.
“Results are a consequence of the way we play. We are getting better – the players realise why it is important to do what we do.
“Our success in the past has been (a product of): everyone in his position, doing what he has to do.
“The players were incredible – everyone was so focused and we made a good performance.
“It was unfortunate we didn’t score more but it was good. We have to improve on our clinical situation – we missed two chances two metres from the goal. When we improve here, we will score many goals.
“We climbed some positions (in the table) but now, we don’t stop. In less than 48 hours, we have another game at Goodison Park and we will try to play well.”
“Ilkay is an incredible player and he is an incredible human first of all,”
“In the bad moments in the first season, he had an ACL (injury), but he’s an incredible person and competitor. He doesn’t feel the pressure.
“We put him close to Ferran (against Newcastle) - more forward - and he has the personality to play.
“He gives us the right tempo and he did really well.”
+3 Great and important win on a wet and cold night in Manchester... pic.twitter.com/rkVrYCyhy7— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) December 26, 2020