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Pep Guardiola once again praised his Manchester City side’s defensive performance after beating Everton to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League.
Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva scored the goals as City ran out 3-1 winners at Goodison Park. It means that they are now 10 points clear at the top.
But for the first time since January 3, they conceded from open play. Richarlison disallowed Foden’s first goal in the first half for what was only the 15th goal they have let in during a campaign that has seen them improve significantly at the rear.
Other than that, Carlo Ancelotti’s men hardly bothered them and they went on comfortably to claim all three points.
Although they couldn’t keep a clean sheet this time, Guardiola he says a consistent rearguard has been key to his amazing form.
“Soccer is neither defensive nor offensive,” he told Amazon Prime. “Of course [defence is a foundation]You can’t win titles without being solid.
“We receive few goals and it is important that we grant few opportunities. This is the most important thing. “
City a balanced setting
Despite that statement, Guardiola also wanted to emphasize that his team is also a force as an attack unit.
Many have suggested City They are not as aggressive in the current campaign compared to years past.
But in addition to having the tightest defense, City are the second top scorer in the Premier League with 49 so far. That’s just one behind the leaders in that area: Manchester United.
And after scoring another three against Everton, Guardiola added: “We cannot forget that this team has scored three goals at Old Trafford. He scored five against Tottenham.
“So it is a team that has skill at the front and creates opportunities for the talent that we have. And again, we grant few. And this is the best. “
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