Guardiola ‘delighted’ to reach CL quarters with dominant win
Man City boss Pep Guardiola says he’s ‘delighted’ with his team for reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Premier League leaders secured a 2-0 victory over Borussia M’gladbach to progress in Europe’s elite competition.
That saw them win 4-0 on aggregate after a similarly convincing display in the first leg.
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Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring on the night with a brilliant strike.
He received the ball from Riyad Mahrez and swiftly sent a stunning shot onto the crossbar and into the bottom corner.
Ilkay Gundogan doubled their lead not long afterwards. He continued his fine form this season with a composed finish past keeper Yann Sommer.
The win means City’s hopes of an incredible quadruple are firmly on track.
Speaking to BT Sport (via BBC Sport) after the match, Guardiola said: “It was a good performance, we controlled the game from the beginning. This competition is tricky but after the two goals everything was easier – everyone in their position moved the ball quick.
“A lot of players like Phil Foden, Bernando Silva, they have a lot of quality, they help us a lot but everyone was so committed and we are delighted to be in the next stage.
“We only conceded one goal against Porto – that is impressive. It’s an incredible step forward for the team.
“Everyone runs a lot, not just the strikers. But it’s important to understand that we defend with the ball. We have to be aggressive without the ball. All the teams right now, the quality they have, they can punish you.
“After the international break, we will have time to think. The quality every time is higher and hopefully we can maintain this mood. I always think when you go through you deserve it. We try to play good and we will see what happens.
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“We now have everybody fit. That’s why we can rotate six or seven players. If you want to compete for competitions you have to be fresh. The seasons are so long, we haven’t had one long week since October.”
The likes of Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva were replaced as Guardiola keeps one eye on the weekend.
City play Everton in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on Saturday at 17:30.