Guardiola not satisfied with City’s performance against Sporting Lisbon

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Pep Guardiola has stated that he is not satisfied with performance against Sporting Lisbon as he hails Bernardo Silva following the Portuguese brace.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was not completely satisfied with his side performance in the 5-0 victory against Sporting Lisbon.

The Premier League leader ran riot on Portugal’s team Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League first leg knock out stage.

While speaking with skysports after the game Guardiola stated that the difference between his team and sporting was that they were more clinical.

The Spaniard insists he will not hide under the victory of 5-0 but demands improvement from his side.

“We defended well and got an incredible result,” he added. “We have a duty to look at the performance too, even if the result is a dream.

“The performance could have been better. The difference between the two teams is not 0-5, but we were just so clinical.”

City were unbeaten on their way to last season’s final before being defeated by Chelsea in Porto, and Guardiola has not forgotten the negative response to last May’s result.

He added: “If we do go through to the quarter-finals, who knows what will happen. Last season we made a perfect Champions League season, then we lost the final. Then we are seen as a failure. I will not hide behind a 5-0 win, there is a long way to go.”

Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva has received praise from his boss for his Champions League display.

The Portuguese scored a brace in the game to help is side with a perfect victory in the Champions League first leg.

Describing Silva, Pep Guardiola has called him a perfect player who is exceptional with the ball.

“I always tell him ‘you are the perfect player’,” Guardiola said. “With the ball, he is more than exceptional, but I always say to him you have to go and win games, you have to have the ability to do it. He has the technique, everything.

“This was his hometown, and he loves coming back here. Of course, he is a former Benfica player, so this was special for him tonight.”



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