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Chelsea 2-1 Man City: Guardiola reaction

WATCHING ON: Pep on the touchline at Stamford Bridge

WATCHING ON: Pep on the touchline at Stamford Bridge

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to returning duo Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph after the 2-1 Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

Midfielder Delph made his first appearance for a month, while injury-hit skipper Kompany had not featured since 28 January.

Both put in encouraging displays on a night where Eden Hazard's double eclipsed Sergio Aguero's 27th goal of the season.

Guardiola, whose team remain in fourth spot, said: "Congratulations to Fabian Delph. He showed me how wrong I was not to put him on the field. He never complains.

"Vincent Kompany is so aggressive and it's not easy to come back from injury. I'm so happy for him."

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He added on City's top four hopes: "The Premier League is gone now, it will be between Tottenham and Chelsea. So now we want the Champions League places."

The City manager was left with a familiar feeling after a match that City dominated in terms of possession and chances.

He said: "It's an honour to have the amazing players I have. We come here to Stamford Bridge and play the way we have, with huge personality. I'm a lucky guy to manage these guys.

"It's encouraging for the future. I'm optimistic. It's been like this all season but in the boxes we are not good enough. We created enough to score goals. It's our problem. But my players play in one way and that's why I want to be here - to help Man City for years.

"The people who are watching us must be proud of our fans. We did everything."

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