Guardiola reacts as Man City beat Sporting 5-0 in Lisbon

Pep Guardiola hailed City’s 5-0 Champions League last 16 first leg win- but insisted his side can still perform even better

In the Portuguese capital, City created a night to remember, sealing their largest ever away triumph in the Champions League.

In the process, City became the first club to win five successive Champions League knockout games away from home.

Bernardo Silva netted a brace, while Raheem Sterling produced a spectacular goal to become the Club’s 10th all-time greatest scorer, with Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden also on target.

The defending Premier League winners have taken a commanding lead in their Champions League last-16 clash.

However, when asked about the triumph, City manager Pep Guardiola stated that there were still areas for development. And he believed there were still places for the team to improve as the conclusion of the season approached.

On being asked if it was the perfect performance, Guardiola said:

“No! Some players underperformed and we lost easy balls but we were so clinical.”

“Don’t misunderstand me, it is a dream, a perfect result and so good for the second leg. But we can do better.”

“There is one rule in football when you have the ball and that’s not to lose it. We had some simple passes that we lost. Against the top sides in Europe, we would be punished.”

Guardiola lauded his squad’s clinical edge after the game, but he also demonstrated his perfectionist instincts by saying his team can play even better.


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