Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola stood firm on his choice of players for the loss against Leeds United.
There were quite a few changes to the starting XI in anticipation of the Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.
City equalized late into the game after Stuart Dallas broke the deadlock in the first half. A red card for Leeds shifted the tide completely towards City’s favour. But a brilliant bit of counter-attack saw Dallas retake the lead for his team in the dying minutes of the game.
“When you lose [the team selection is a mistake], when we win, I am a genius,” he said afterwards. “I do not regret [the selection] because I trust them. If I didn’t trust them, they would not play.
“Everyone was good. It was a game of transitions. We had to avoid it, they did it. At 10 v 11, we need inspiration and we can’t let them run [from deep]. We did it for a long time but then Raphinha had a chance and Eddie saved – and then they scored.
“When you attack and attack and attack, you have to control and not let them run.”