Pep Guardiola heaped praise on his players after City produced a scintillating display to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

In one of the finest away performances in Champions League history, Guardiola’s side came from a goal down to record a thoroughly deserved victory in the first leg of our Champions League last-16 tie.

It was high-quality football throughout from City and Guardiola was delighted with the result.

“I’m happy for the victory - but the performance as well to try to play against this team with a good personality,” he said.

“The first 10, 15 minutes it was very difficult, but we played really good. We conceded a goal we shouldn’t have conceded.

“After scoring we found our rhythm and we scored the second.

"Today we are happy but it’s still not over. For our people hopefully we can do a good performance.

“This club has only been to semi-final. To win at the Bernabeu is brilliant and we hope it will help us in the future to believe in ourselves.”

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Kevin De Bruyne was named man of the match after his superb all-round display – but Gabriel Jesus also emerged as one of the stars of the evening.

The Brazilian played from the left for much of the night and was a constant threat as well as a diligent defensive presence.

He scored the equaliser with a fine header into the ground that gave Thibaut Courtois no chance and could have scored in the first half when he cut inside past Dani Carvajal only to see the Belgian ‘keeper make a decent save.

Guardiola says he is a unique striker who offers industry as well as artistry.

“There is not in the world one striker to have the intensity like Gabriel.

“He is so fast and so good - we decide to play without a proper striker because of the way they defend.

“You have to make the pitch wide - they’re so aggressive and in the first minutes we suffered, but after that we had more fluidity.

“Zidane is going to look at what we’ve done and will adapt for the second leg.”

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