In his post-match interview after the narrow 1-0 win over Everton in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola mentioned four Premier League sides that attack when they face Manchester City. Pep Guardiola also mentioned that Liverpool are the only team remaining in the Premier League who are prepared to take on his team as equals.
Manchester City were rescued late on by academy star Phil Foden. The England international scored in the 82nd minute to recuse the three points. Frank Lampard’s Everton started the game quite aggressive and in an offensive manner. But gradually sank deeper and deeper towards their own penalty box as the game went on. But Pep Guardiola’s side once again found a breakthrough to pick up the all-important three points.
Manchester City are currently sitting on top of the Premier League table. They have picked up 66 points from 27 league games so far this term. The defending Premier League side also have one foot in the next round of the Champions League. The citizens thrashed Portuguese side Sporting 5-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League.
When asked about teams defending deeper and deeper against his side after having previous losses trying to go toe to toe with them, Pep Guardiola said:
“Yeah. Maybe we provoke them but most of them except Liverpool I would say, Brighton I would say, Arsenal in some moments I would say … let me think about it, maybe I’m forgetting someone.
“Aston Villa, we played there a little bit too. There are moments when they did it. But as a principle, when we make a good build-up, they sit.
“Leeds, as well. The rest, they sit back. But, honestly, I’m not saying nothing wrong. Every manager, every team can do whatever they want, absolutely.
“It’s in our hands how to break them — teams that are high pressing, how to do it, and when teams sit back, how we have to do it.
“And one of the principles is be patient, don’t concede goals, don’t concede deep runs from them, counter attacks and be patient and in the right moment we can do it. Let’s continue doing it like this.”
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