27 Nov 2019, 06:00 IST
Pep Guardiola turned focus to the Premier League title race after Manchester Metropolis booked their place within the Champions League final 16 with a 1-1 draw towards Shakhtar Donetsk.
A degree was sufficient for the English champions to advance via as Group C winners with a sport to spare due to Dinamo Zagreb’s defeat to Atalanta.
Metropolis struggled to get going on the Etihad Stadium however took the lead via Ilkay Gundogan 11 minutes into the second half, just for substitute Manor Solomon to equalise quickly after.
Regardless of his aspect’s underwhelming show, making it back-to-back European attracts, Guardiola was finally happy to see his aspect obtain their intention of development.
“We qualify and we performed properly within the second half,” Guardiola, who had received 9 of his earlier 12 matches towards Shakhtar, informed BT Sport.
FULL-TIME | The factors are shared on the Etihad, however we safe our place as Group C winners and can head via to the #UCL knockout phases!
— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) November 26, 2019
“The second half was higher than the primary. We conceded only some counter-attacks.
“Within the first half we have been too hurried in our play and gave away possession however within the second half we have been extra measured and improved.
“I’ve performed towards Shakhtar Donetsk many occasions and so they all the time have high quality gamers. Basically, we created probabilities however the draw was sufficient ultimately.
“Now now we have one competitors already carried out, and our focus would be the Premier League, till we arrive within the cups. The goal was to qualify and now we have carried out it.”
Metropolis have superior out of the group section in seven successive seasons, 4 of these underneath Guardiola, and the Catalan coach admitted the membership have come a good distance.
“This course of, the place we’re proper now and the place we have been a decade in the past… seven years in a row means you need to qualify seven occasions and be there and undergo,” he added at his post-match information convention.
“We’ll see wherein circumstances we arrive within the knockout rounds, however now it’s time to concentrate on the Premier League.”
Guardiola’s aspect are unbeaten in 10 group-stage video games since October 2018 and head to Zagreb subsequent month.
The 2-time Champions League-winning coach advised he is not going to play a weakened staff in Croatia, nevertheless, as he doesn’t need to devalue the competitors.
— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) November 26, 2019
“After all I’ll have a look however we’re going to have sufficient gamers. We’ll use the primary staff,” he stated. “The Champions League is prestigious.
“We’re going to journey with the intention to win. For respect for Shakhtar and Atalanta now we have to do it.”
The draw leaves Ukrainian champions Shakhtar second in Group C, some extent higher off than Dinamo and two in entrance of subsequent opponents Atalanta.
Head coach Luis Castro was happy with the outcome, which stretches his aspect’s unbeaten away run within the competitors to 4 video games and leaves them properly positioned to qualify.
“To be sincere, any outcome I settle for usually,” he stated. “The sport isn’t evaluated by what number of corners or fouls or alternatives there have been.
“In each sport there are specific statistics we will take a look at. We might have received, Metropolis might have received however the outcome was 1-1.
“In precept, as we anticipated, the final sport of Metropolis can be towards Dinamo Zagreb. We knew if we misplaced we may very well be out of the competitors.
“We’re pleased with each outcomes and all the things can be determined by the final sport. We’ll see.”
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