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Guardiola praises ‘special’ subs as Man City edge out ‘incredible’ Atletico

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Pep Guardiola acknowledged that his Man City side picked up a “good result” as they got the better of an “incredible” Atletico Madrid side at the Etihad.

The Premier League club hosted Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

No ‘stupid tactics’, just brilliance from Pep and Phil

As expected, Madrid made it tough for Man City for large portions as they frustrated Guardiola’s players.

Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus were brought on in the 68th minute. Foden’s introduction changed the complexion of the game.

The midfielder played in Kevin De Bruyne with twenty minutes to go and the Belgium star finished off the move to make it 1-0.

Man City hung onto their advantage so they will take a one-goal lead into next week’s return leg in Spain.

After the win, Guardiola suggested that City “had chances to score a second and third” against Madrid:

“We played an incredible top side who are difficult to face but it is a good result. We had chances to score a second and third,” Guardiola said (via BBC Sport).

“The guys were playing well but we knew that Gabriel [Jesus] and Phil [Foden] have a special energy and Jack [Grealish] has the quality to keep the ball. Yeah, today the manager was so clever.

“When we make a sub it is because we think it can be a bit better. It works sometimes but other times it doesn’t.

“It is not easy to face a team with a lot of experience in this tournament. We will go there to score and try and win again.”

De Bruyne added post-match that “it is very hard” competing against Atletico Madrid:

“The first half was tight in the second half we had a couple of chances and it was good that we took one.

“I made the run and Phil [Foden] found me perfectly, I needed to stay composed and luckily I did. It’s very hard. They played with almost five at the back and with five in midfield. I recommend anyone that says anything [about us], that they try playing against that on the training ground.

“We have to stay composed and don’t try to get into their action. It is the way they play. One nil is one nil. I expect similar over there. If the game is tight they will have to attack a little bit more.

On being ready for Liverpool this weekend: “It is five days until Sunday. Both teams have played tonight. It is a big game and everybody is looking forward to it including the players.”

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