Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola is pleased his team will not have to play against his former side, Bayern Munich in the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions’ League while praising his players after they secured qualification for the next round.
City has qualified for the next round with a game to spare thanks to a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday which saw David Silva scoring the decisive equalizer.
He is equally pleased that the qualification has been wrapped up so he can face the Premier League squarely in a bid to regain lost grounds.
It was not a classic performance from a Guardiola side as they failed to show their true worth and were duly punished and suffered from grinding out a result after Raffael scored the opening goal for the German side during the first half.
However, Pep Guardiola admitted that Manchester City lost control of the game after Borussia’s goal during the first half. Both teams continued with the second half as both Lars Stindl and Fernandinho got sent off for second bookable offenses.
However, he claims the decision to send off Fernandinho changed the situation, and this made his players control the game the way they did.
City has now reached the knockout phase for the fourth year running after an impressive run last year where they reached semi-finals before losing to eventual winners, Real Madrid.