Pep Guardiola, Technical ManchesterHe admitted that Arsenal were better at the Emirates Stadium than his team, which won in extra time with a goal from Spaniard Rodri Hernandez.
The City coach highlighted the many absences and fatigue his players are experiencing. However, he achieved the eleventh victory in a row confirming his dominance over the premiership.
“Arsenal was better. We are facing a team that struggled in the last stage of the year to be in the top four. They also had six or seven days since they played the last game. However, we only had two and a half days left.”
“We came back to play and we didn’t have the energy. That’s why we tried to put another player in the middle of the field,” the Spanish coach explained.
“Winning eleven games in a row is great now. But every time I looked at the bench I saw that we had four players from the academy, there was no more.”, shown Guardiola. “We had a lot of injuries and in this period we were tired mentally and physically. Sometimes it’s our turn.”
Guardiola insisted that getting the three points out for the Emirates was a difficult task. “It was difficult because we had no energy, we tried and in the second half the match changed, the penalty kick, Aki’s action, the expulsion,” said the City coach, who played the last half hour against ten players because of the red card. Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel.
The Manchester City manager admitted that “sometimes luck is on your side, sometimes it’s not. At the same time, we know how much it means to win here in the Emirates”.
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