Pep Guardiola has praised his Manchester City team for their performance in their 3-1 win over Manchester United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.
In a prickly post-match interview, he was keen to stress how good a result it was on the night, City’s first-ever cup victory at Old Trafford.
Bernardo Silva fired City ahead with his long-range stunning strike out of nowhere finding the top corner and doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark at Old Trafford as a great ball from Bernardo found Mahrez, who rounded goalkeeper De Gea and rolled the ball into an empty net.
City extended their lead seven minutes before the break on the counter-attack as Andreas Pereira tapped the ball into his own net on the rebound after De Gea saved from Kevin De Bruyne.
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“The first minutes were tight but then we had an outstanding goal and we played really good. In the second half they changed their shape and we struggled a little bit to keep the ball,” said Guardiola, speaking to Sky Sports after the match.
“It’s not over because it is United, they are able to score goals but hopefully we can reach the final again.
“It is hard to control Rashford because he is so fast so we are comfortable with the ball so we played many passes. Bernardo always plays good he is a fantastic footballer.
“We play United, what do you expect, a 7-0 win? In general it was an incredible performance at Old Trafford.”
He also made it clear he thought the two-legged tie was far from over.
Like his opposite number Solskjaer, he cited United’s comeback against PSG last season as evidence it’s still all to play for at the Etihad.
“The last game we could not control when we lost the ball and tonight we did it better,” he later told BBC Radio 5Live.
“We lost the ball in a position which is so dangerous (for the United goal). We cannot forget which team we play. Tonight we can be more than satisfied to come here to Old Trafford and win.
“It is not over. We have one more game and we’ll see what happens.
“Of course Manchester United can come back. Last year here they lost to PSG and they qualify (in the Champions League). They have the shirt which means history and pride.”