Pep Guardiola draws valuable lesson as Man City lose 100% record
Guardiola feels Manchester City should have been more clinical in their Champions League clash
September 29th, 2016
It was a rip-roaring Champions League game at Celtic Park on Wednesday night, with the Scottish champions taking the lead on three occasions only to be pegged back by Manchester City each time.
Brendan Rodgers’ side produced an impressive performance in front of their own supporters and City were unable to continue their flying start to the campaign which had seen them enjoy a 100% record until their trip north of the border.
Pep Guardiola felt as though his side will learn a valuable lesson from the game and pointed to the fact that his team needed to be more clinical despite scoring three goals.
Guardiola said: “Maybe this is a good lesson for our future on the importance of starting well. They scored three goals but didn’t have many chances. We created enough to win the game. When the fourth team in the pot is Celtic you realise immediately how tough it is to qualify for the next round.
“Thinking about the performance, how they fight, how they tried until the end to win the game, it doesn’t matter about the mistakes, I was so satisfied. We scored three goals away in Europe and created three or four [more] clear chances. That’s the best way to learn. In Europe you can’t concede because they [the opposition] are a machine, they are there to punish you.”
Manchester City now face Barcelona home and away, hoping to demonstrate that they are a big force in Europe this season, with John Stones likely to be back in central defence for this clash.