Manchester City narrowly edged Bristol City 2-1 in the first leg semi-final of the Carabao Cup – Sergio Aguero’s stoppage time header settling the tie – and Pep Guardiola has hailed the Championship side for making a proper show of their qualities in the game.
“It is all benefit for football, for the fans, for everyone, when two teams want to play,” Guardiola said after his side extended their unbeaten domestic run to 32 games.
“That makes sure it is going to be a good match and it is up to us to find a way to beat the opponent. We face all kinds of teams this season and play in all ways, but we have always found the formula to beat them.
“[It was a] nice game, beautiful game, all my credit to Bristol. You cannot knock out four teams from the Premier League without being well organised and having nice players to watch. It is fantastic.
“I am a lucky guy to train the players I have. Always semi-finals are tough, 1-0 down and how we reacted.
“I don’t know what is going to happen at the end of the season, but I respect these professionals as human beings. They give everything.
“Manchester City fans here around the world must be so proud. It will be tough in Bristol.
“In the Champions League it will be similar, you cannot play 180 minutes always in control. It is okay, we are going to try and play there and make the final.”
Bristol City – who knocked out Manchester United in the last round – led at the interval thanks to a Bobby Reid penalty that the striker won himself after being fouled by John Stones but Manchester City came back after the interval with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Aguero to win the game.