After a complicated victory in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola spoke to the press to offer his reaction after his squad’s effort vs Aston Villa.
Pep Guardiola seems to have finally found that balance he was looking for against Aston Villa. Manchester City was already playing dominant football without getting too brilliant on the offensive side. The Citizens lack the goal-scoring capabilities from the strikers but the rest of the aspects are pretty much on point this season.
Tonight, Aston Villa posed a greater threat with Jack Grealish at the wheel. But Guardiola’s tactical approach beat one of the most balanced football clubs in English football today. Pep was thrilled for his players’ performance against this worthy rival. After today, it’s safe to say that Manchester City can officially consider themselves as a strong title contender in the Premier League.
Pep’s reaction after another dominant performance.
This is what Guardiola said through Manchester City’s official website after the game: “I had the feeling we controlled the game. The top four players they have, players like Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley. The feeling is that wow, you feel the dangers in every action. We arrived at the byline many times but could not score the goal but Bernando Silva was there and his goal made the difference. We struggled against Brighton in the last game.
“They are one of the best teams for creating chances, so it has been hard for us. Maybe they are not clinical but they are good. It was 5-7 minutes where Aston Villa had two or three chances. When they can run with the likes of Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish, Ross Barkley but we make actions and control the passes. We didn’t see the goal but there is VAR. It is here. I’m not going to analyze the game. But up against a top team, we have come up with a brilliant performance.”