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PEP: Happy with performance

Pep Guardiola says City have made a great start to this season’s Champions League campaign, but added that there is a lot of hard work ahead.

The Blues recorded a record group stage away win in the competition and a first win in Holland with the 4-0 demolition of Feyenoord and the Blues’ boss admits winning the first game is crucial.

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“It’s so important to win the first game and though nothing is achieved yet, it’s a great start for us this evening,” said Guardiola .

“Last season we weren’t able to win any games away in the Champions League and we spoke about that among the squad.

“If we want to be able to move forward, you must be able to win games away in this competition – home matches as well, of course – but we made a very good performance.

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“It helps to score in the first few minutes, but we continued to keep attacking and going forward while defending really well, too.”

The Catalan also praised John Stones who bagged a first career brace with a headed goal in either half for the Blues.

“John played well and while he scored two great goals, he did very well defensively, winning duels and doing what he had to do.

“That’s what John needs to do to keep progressing over the next few years.

“We’ve made a huge effort to move forwards and brought in five players during the summer – as have all the top clubs in Europe – PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona - and it’s important for us to see if we can go away from home with the same mentality we have at the Etihad.

“The same high press, attacking philosophy and not conceding on the counter-attack, so I’m very pleased tonight.”

Read the John Stones reaction to the win over Feyenoord.

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