Pep Guardiola: ‘We put in perfect performance against Porto’

Pep Guardiola: 'We put in perfect performance against Porto'

City were made to strive after Luis Diaz capitalised on a loose pass from Ruben Dias to put Porto ahead after 14 minutes.

Pep Guardiola called Manchester City‘s 3-1 triumph over Porto a “perfect performance” after his side originated from behind to open their Champions League Group C campaign with 3 points.

City were made to strive after Luis Diaz capitalised on a loose pass from Ruben Dias to put Porto ahead after 14 minutes.

However a Sergio Aguero penalty drew City level prior to the break, and goals from Ilkay Gundogan and substitute Ferran Torres— the latter on his Champions League debut– finished the turn-around.

“We knew how tough it would be because Porto and Benfica are the best teams in Portugal,” Guardiola stated. “They have the winning mindset, they need to win every game.

” I was amazed they played so defensively with 5 at the back, we needed to be patient however in the second half we didn’t yield counter-attacks, we didn’t yield set-pieces, we didn’t allow them to run.

“We did the perfect performance against a really good team. It is nice to win games while suffering.”

Dias’ error for Porto’ s opening goal was the first major mis-step from the ₤ 64million summer finalizing, and it was not a separated occurrence for City on the night.

A fast goal- kick regular talented Mateus Uribe an opportunity he wasted while Joao Cancelo practically scored an own goal with the match still at 1-1.

However Guardiola rejected this was additional proof of City’s long- standing defensive frailties.

“We played really well,” he stated. “This is the Champions League my friends. All the teams play well. Yeah, we made one mistake but in general it was really good.”

Porto definitely made City work for it, their strong defensive shape showing practically impenetrable in the first half.

However City gradually opened them up, and Torres and Phil Foden added a stimulate when presented as replacements prior to integrating for the 3rd goal.

“It was incredible from Phil and Ferran,” Guardiola stated. “Ferran has an incredible sense ofgoal He is a man who moves actually well.

“They are young guys and we are satisfied because when you come from the bench you must be so important.”

Guardiola stated Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte are because of go back to training on Thursday, maybe putting them in contention for Saturday’s journey to West Ham, however City definitely need some good news on the injury front.

Eric Garcia changed Nathan Ake in the starting line-up with the Dutchman suffering a groin problem, while substitute Fernandinho hobbled off late on.

“It is bad news,” Guardiola stated. “I think it will be four to six weeks out which is a big blow for us with this many games, but it is what it is.”

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao struck out at the authorities, stating the result was unreasonable on his side.

Porto had actually been dissatisfied with the award of the first-half penalty– offered when Pepe charged into Raheem Sterling– declaring Gundogan fouled Agustin Marchesin in the accumulation, as well as the free-kick from which Gundogan scored in the 65th minute.

It was among numerous perplexing choices from Andris Treimanis which drew the ire of the Porto coach.

“The refereeing was of high importance, and I don’t think we deserved such a weak team of officials,” Conceicao stated.

” In regards to the game, plainly City had troubles in the first half, not just in how we protected however also how we assaulted.

“I think it was a game where we played well despite the refereeing. It was an unfair result in my opinion.”


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