Men's Team

Guardiola pleased by Blackpool test

Pep Guardiola believes City stepped up to the plate against a stubborn Blackpool side in our 4-1 pre-season triumph at the Academy Stadium.

Goals from Sam Edozie, Riyad Mahrez and an Ilkay Gundogan brace were enough to down the Seasiders, who had gone in level at the break after Luke Garbutt’s penalty late in the half.

Despite the scoreline suggesting City ran away with proceedings, the boss insisted that we were made to work for the result.

With this in mind, he heaped praise on our opponents for their display, and was pleased with the manner in which we ultimately earned the victory.


"It was so demanding. I was really impressed with Blackpool - they have a young side with quality,” he reflected at full time.

“They lost two or three balls in the buildup in the first minutes but continued to do it. They did really well.

"We played against a good side – they did very well in many things, especially in the build-up. We had to do things to regain the ball as quick as possible.

“One more day (to the new season), no injuries and one more game. The players are coming back, but we need time.”

City got off to a lightning start at the Academy Stadium, taking the lead inside three minutes when Edozie pounced on a defensive mistake to chip in his third goal in three pre-season games.

And we were similarly quick out of the traps in the second half, with Mahrez finishing off an exquisite team move to put our noses in front once again before the 50-minute mark.

On the whole, Guardiola was left satisfied by our attacking impetus and believes City will go from strength to strength as we regain our sharpness.

He declared: "You never know before the game when you are going to score a goal – at the beginning or late. The important thing is to create the chances.”

"I'm very pleased for the young players and the more experienced players - for what they have done. I have no complaints.

“We saw many good things and the other ones, it’s just a question of time to get what we want.”

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