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Guardiola delighted with the fighting spirit his Manchester City

Sat 16 October 2021 | 18:15

Manchester City hosted Burnley this evening, but the result was not the same as the previous four home games against the Clarets, which always ended 5-0 in favor of Guardiola's men, and the Citizens defeated the opponent with a result of 2-0.

"

We run and fight for every ball,

" he told BBC Sport.

"Burnley play for long balls and they're a master at this

.

"You have to defend set pieces well, and anything could have happened if Chris Wood had scored that goal near the end. We had chances but couldn't score more, unfortunately.

"The importance is improving our game. I am satisfied that the second half was better than first. The team showed me the way we want to play and the shape we want to play in.

"All the guys gave everything. It doesn't matter if the performance is good or not; it's important that you fight for your team-mates, and everyone was incredible."

Guardiola was pleased with the performance of

John Stones

and

Raheem Sterling,

who came from International Breck, and said:

"played really well

".

He added: "

It was a difficult game. I tried to tell them to forget about the previous 5-0s, because Burnley always fight and never give up

.

"They are able to go to any stadium and create a problem and know what they have to do, so I give a lot of credit to them today."

Silva

, who was one of the best players on the pitch and scored the opening goal, said:

"[It was] very hard. We know how tough it is to play against Burnley

.

"We started well, the first 20 minutes were good. Then the rhythm was a bit low, we should have scored a few more goals in the first half.

"We know how tough it is, they play very direct, they're a very physical side.

"In the second half, we controlled the game well. We should have scored a bit earlier again. But it's three very important points and onto the next one."

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