Pep Guardiola says Chelsea provided the tough test City were anticipating in our enthralling 4-4 draw with the Londoners.

In what was an entertaining and fast-paced encounter at Stamford Bridge, the two sides played out an eight-goal thriller which will go down as a Premier League classic.

Erling Haaland opened the scoring from the penalty spot before goals from Thiago Silva and Raheem Sterling flipped the match on its head and handed the hosts the lead.

However, Manuel Akanji’s fine, close range header ensured the visitors would enter the break deservedly level after a pulsating first half.


And it didn’t take City long after the interval to re-establish our lead when Haaland bundled a Julian Alvarez cross home.

Nicolas Jackson would equalise once again for Mauricio Pochettino’s side prior to Rodrigo’s late, deflected strike restoring Guardiola’s side’s advantage.

But the drama would continue into stoppage time when Cole Palmer‘s penalty earned Chelsea a point.

The draw represents our first of the season and the boss explained how he and his players expected nothing less than the challenge the five-time Premier League champions posed.

“If you think we are going to come here and win 0-7, you are wrong,” he declared.

“I could not expect a different game. We were close and maybe we didn’t manage perfectly in some moments, but it’s football and you should always give credit to your opponent – and our opponent was really good.

“Every season when I came to Stamford Bridge, it was tough and when I came with Barca and Bayern, it was always really, really tough.”

Watch Guardiola’s full post-match press conference in the video player above.