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Guardiola delighted with progression to UCL Round of 16

Pep Guardiola says he is delighted to be in the Champions League Round of 16 after a thrilling 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

City recovered from going behind to a Kylian Mbappe goal shortly after the second half began with goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus securing a well-earned 2-1 win.


It means City have won Group A with a match to spare, with RB Leipzig’s win against Club Brugge meaning PSG are also through to the knockout phase.

The boss, speaking at his post-match press conference, was understandably effusive with his praise for his players.

“PSG, what a team, what players, what could I say?” said Pep.

“The performance was quite similar to Paris a month ago. Today we created more chances in the first half.

“We pressed really well in Paris and we adjusted because we learnt what we do.

“They decided not to play with Di Maria, but they are so dangerous.

“They have good players so you can lose a game like this. They quality they have…we did so well.

“We were aggressive without the ball. We defended well. We did it.

“We played really well. In football the results are random. Nobody knows what will happen.

“What gives you consistency is how you perform and the way we are performing is really good.

“The people enjoy watching and hopefully we can sustain this for as long as possible.

“The players come back from injury and hopefully help us do it.

“They have a lot of quality, we tried to defend away from our goal because they can do anything.

“Except for the five minutes after our goal when they counter-attacked but could not finish because Ruben defended really well, so I say congratulations to everyone at our Club.

“We are into last 16 and will try our best in February to go to quarter-finals.”

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