Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has hailed his side’s performance in Sunday’s 6-0 routing of Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, calling it the “outstanding” display one of the club’s best.
The defending champions were at their ruthless best against Maurizio’s Sarri’s side on Sunday night, netting four goals inside the opening 25 minutes. Sergio Aguero took the match ball home following his superb hat-trick, while Raheem Sterling pitched in with a well-taken brace.
Ilkay Gundogan — who scored City’s fourth on the night — also got rewarded for his all-round performance.
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Guardiola, as expected, was ecstatic with his side’s display but chose to remain grounded, thinking about last week’s shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.
Asked if it was one of City’s best performances of his reign, Guardiola said: “Yes, we played good,” as quoted by Irish Independent.
“One week ago we played Newcastle, not two months. The final [Carabao Cup], now it’s tougher, they will react.”
“If you analyse the performances this week – beating Arsenal and Everton, to play this way – the players were outstanding. I said to them I just want to say thank you for what they’ve done.”
He was then asked to compare the reigning Premier League champions with Barcelona.
“Not yet,” said Guardiola, when asked if City were on a par with Barcelona.
“We have won three titles since we are together. In Barca we won much more. But, despite the titles, the desire to do their best and where they are is incredible. That [Barcelona] team won the Champions League, World Club Cups.”
“But after 100 points last season, if you don’t have the appetite to push and push. Normally people fall down after what happened last season, we are there and it’s nice.”
Question: “I know with Barcelona you won five trophies in the first season.”
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“But our staff don’t love them too much because we don’t let them breathe. The only way I know is that the more you win games, the more you have to work,” he concluded.