Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City head coach, insisted that he is really proud of his team after they managed to come from behind against Bristol and grab an important 2-1 home win.
Bristol City managed to shock Manchester United as they eliminated them after a 2-1 win and now, they were a tough opponent for another club from this city – and they were beaten just because of the late goal. Sergio Agüero scored with just a couple of minutes to go but the semifinal is still far from being over with the reverse match to be played in Bristol…
The former coach of Barcelona or Bayern spoke about this difficult fixture as he said, according to Sky Sports: “My players are fantastic. In football, you can win or lose but we tried and tried until the end, and that’s why [we scored the winner] because we didn’t give up. We know exactly what this competition is with a lot of games, and semi-finals are always complicated. That’s why I’m so satisfied.”
He also added that he has to praise Bristol for their heroic effort: “[Bristol City] are a fantastic team and that’s why they’ve knocked out four Premier League teams, or they would not be in the semi-finals. They can play, hit long balls and they’re fast up front. They know exactly what they have to do and it will be tough in Bristol, but we’ll try to win and reach the final.”
In the end, Pep Guardiola claimed that he is ready to face problems caused by smaller teams: “Every team creates problems. Last season Huddersfield did it to us in the FA Cup and Wolves did it this season. People will say we’re playing Championship teams, but a lot of Premier League teams are out because of teams from the second division [beat them]. The important thing is our spirit and to see what we do in the good and bad moments.”