Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Chelsea was the turning point for them this season.
The Cityzens were stripped to the bone with several injuries and players suffering through COVID-19.
Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne blew Chelsea away in first half and hour of the game, launching their dominant Premier League run since then.
“It was the turning point, definitely,” said Pep. “The game away to Southampton was the second most important game, but at Stamford Bridge, with just 14 players available, injuries and Covid, that was the moment we believed we could do it.
“That was one of the three moments earlier in the season that helped us stay there – but the Chelsea win helped us think we can do it.
“I have incredible confidence in academies. At Barcelona, I trust them and promote them. I was not scared to go to Chelsea with just 14 senior players.
“Sometimes players in difficult moments give you something extra. Everyone gives extra.
“The players who then came back joined in and then we were winning, winning, winning, and we continued with that rhythm and that is why we are where we are.”