Thu 23 February 2023 | 10:58

Guardiola thinks that expecting Man City to thrash Leipzig was never going to happen

Man City head coach Pep Guardiola said to those who though City would thump Leipzig: “that’s not reality”.

Manchester City

were stopped by RB Leipzig in the Champions League as they drew 1-1 in the first leg of their last 16 tie. Mahrez scored for City in the first half but

RB Leipzig

controlled the game pretty well in the second half and got their reward when Josko Gvardiol headed it home to bring the game level.

The City manager told BT Sport: "

People expect we are going to win 5-0, that's not a reality. It is past the group stage in a very competitive competition and many important teams around.

"It is difficult, we knew this, our fourth game in 10 days, the away games, the travels and the people expect [wins]…

"I know we are a good team, and we continue to do good things. But people expect we come here and win 4 or 5-0, we are not able to do this."

Guardiola was frustrated with the result but was “happy” with the performance.

"They make a step forward, they pressed everyone high up, more problems in the build-up,"

he said when asked about the second half.

"After the goal we conceded, we came back – we made a good last 15, 20 minutes. We had good chances, both sides in both halves, and now we go back to Manchester to decide it."

 "I'm happy for the whole game, not just the first half. What do you expect? We play a friendly game here?"

Guardiola didn’t use any of his 5 substitutions. When he was asked about his decision, the Spaniard admitted that he considered introducing Foden.

"I saw the team good, especially in the middle,"

he continued

. "I thought about Phil, but at the end I decided to continue with what I had.

"Bernardo [Silva] was giving a lot of control and I thought we could win it."



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