Man City boss Guardiola misses pressure of Germany and Spain

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 15, 2017.

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Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero then made sure of the points as City moved into third in the table, leaving Guardiola to laud his skipper.

"Vincent is a central defender he is very good with the ball".

The centre-back, who recently celebrated his 31st birthday, has had an indifferent season under new Citizens boss Pep Guardiola due to persistent injuries which have spanned over the past two campaigns.

"I love him for how he plays and because we play together in the Selecao and we did at the Rio Olympic Games".

"We didn't concede absolutely anything".

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"We have to believe in ourselves and tactically we have to play for each other defensively and offensively". "And with players like Kompany and Silva we have players who can deliver on the counter-attack".

Manuel Pellegrini guided City to the semifinal in 2015-16 - its best performance in the competition - but Guardiola said his players are still gathering the experience they need in order to conquer Europe.

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Guardiola will be looking for his team to finish the season strongly although they still have a chance to win the FA Cup.

"This result is so important for our qualification for the Champions League", he told BBC Sport.

"For example, we were out of the Champions League in Monaco, we played three tough games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea and we did not win one game". Everton also sit on 57 points however the Toffees have played one more game than their Manchester counterparts. "Especially in Spain and in Germany, the pressure is higher to the players, to the managers, to everybody". Shane Long, 28, will be a threat to Manchester City while Nathan Ward, 23, is emerging as a real talent for his team.

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