City will go into the second leg at the Etihad in a strong position, but the boss says his players must be more ruthless if they are to be successful in this competition.
“We had incredible focus for 90 minutes but we were not good enough today in the opposition’s box," said Pep.
“We played really well, but we have to be more clinical in this competition. You have to be better, but in general no complaints because we know how good they are and how physical they are.
“In this competition, we don't have much margin for error - if you have a 1 on 1 or a 3 v 2 situation, you have to at least finish the action or make the keeper make a save and we didn't do it,
“In that position we have to finish better. They have to know that - in the Premier League we can drop points but in this competition, you have to be clinical.
“If there is something I want us to improve it is that.
“In general it was a good game. It was the first step and there are many weeks until the second leg. We are thinking now about recovery before West Ham.”
The Catalan also praised his players after the latest victory – with a 12th successive away win setting a new English top flight record.
With just one save for Ederson to make – ironically with the last kick of the game – Pep says the defensive brilliance and this season is a team effort and the bedrock of his team’s fantastic run.
“That's the reason why we are winning 19 games in a row, just one shot on target is because we make an incredible effort up front.
“The same process when they create chances, Football is not attack and defence it’s all together.
“Without good players we can't do it. The players are fantastic.
“I have a fantastic relationship with them - we will enjoy the night with some good food and then think about West Ham – that’s all we are thinking about now,”
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