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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised a particular achievement his team has achieved, but admitted that his team is experiencing a ‘struggle’ this season.
City man achieved a 4-1 victory over Arsenal to reserve their place in the EFL Cup semi-finals.
The teams entered the rest level, but a good performance in the second half proved too much for the hosts.
Talking to Sky Sports after the game, Guardiola He said: “Both teams need to score goals, we scored four.
“We changed the set-up, they scored a good goal, after the second half we were more fluid. The second goal was helped, the third maybe offside, so that makes the difference. After 3-1 it’s a completely different game.
“We put another player in the position where we can make him dangerous. We scored a goal, we had a good moment, we didn’t suffer and they couldn’t make consecutive passes, but they changed, they pushed better. The second half we adjusted and we were a little more comfortable.
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“The last two or three years we have scored many goals and this year we fight, but of course the goals are important.
“It’s good for the rhythm of the players who haven’t played. For four years in a row we are in the semi-finals, which is a good achievement in this competition ”.
Regarding Mikel Arteta’s struggles, his former assistant coach, Guardiola said: “I didn’t speak to him. What can I say, everyone knows that we are judged by results. It can defend itself perfectly.
“I worked with him, we couldn’t have been successful without him. He is an incredible coach. I know your proposals and what you will do. Not even a small run of bad results is going to change my opinion.
Mahrez “surprised” by Arsenal counterpart
Riyad mahrez He regained the Man City lead early in the second half after his free kick somehow squeezed the Arsenal goalkeeper.
Reflecting on the performance, the Algerian winger said: “It was a solid performance. We started well and then they tied. We got lucky with the free kick and then we got the third and then it was easier for us.
“We cannot always dominate every game. They can score at any time but in the second half we scored the second and third and we made it easier.
“I was surprised by the position of [Alex Runarsson]. He was so close to the post and luckily he didn’t catch it well and that was good for us.
“We have been fighting but it is football. It is not always easy to score four or five goals. Today we scored four goals and it was a solid performance.”