Guardiola praises City’s angle after avoiding a cup shock

Pep Guardiola set out Manchester City’s angle after their huge scare on the FA Cup in Cheltenham.

Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres struck within the final 10 minutes to safe a 3-1 victory and keep away from embarrassment.

Alfie Might’s second-half opener put Cheltenham on the brink of one of many greatest hurdles of the competition.

The League Two side matched the winners six instances and City battled for a breakthrough earlier than ultimately reserving a fifth spherical journey to Swansea.


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Guardiola mentioned: “We discovered to endure and within the end the standard made the distinction. We received the sport and we’re happy to win this sport in this kind of competition.

“We knew how troublesome that may be and the response from the players was phenomenal.

“The probabilities of us getting 0-0 have been so clear and if we scored it could have been very completely different.

“They’d a great team, what they do they do very nicely. They defended nicely, Might is an distinctive player. Each throw is extra vital than a nook or a free kick.

“Within the FA Cup that is why it is good, everybody can beat everybody. I’ve no regrets about how we behaved and the way in which we performed. We scored three magnificent goals.

“We responded so nicely, on this competition this isn’t the primary time a Premier League team has suffered. We suffered nicely. ”

City had the chance to open the scoring and Ben Tozer cleared Benjamin Mendy’s drive off the road within the first half whereas Zack Steffen turned Might’s shot large on the different end.

Jesus ought to have put City forward eight minutes after the break however hit a publish after Boden put it clear by means of.

Six minutes later the Robins took the lead in shock when the guests didn’t deal with Tozer’s lengthy throw and Might introduced in entrance of Mendy to score from shut vary.

Foden – City’s best player – volleyed Joao Cancelo’s cross with 9 minutes remaining earlier than Jesus and Torres wrapped up the victory.

Guardiola added: “Phil is enjoying rather well and on the proper second he scored a goal. Within the bad moments, after we have been dropping, he introduced his character to the sport. Phil should be Phil, not Kevin De Bruyne. ”

Cheltenham is pursuing promotion in League Two Sky Wager and has sat 72 locations under City.

Boss Michael Duff mentioned: “I believed it was an unbelievable performance, I am actually happy with the players. We could have stepped out of the shadow of the racecourse for 5 minutes.

“The last factor I mentioned to them was ‘are you able to stroll off the sector along with your shoulders back happy with your self?’ You’ll be able to’t assure the outcome however we mentioned ‘are you able to make a mark in a constructive manner?’ Pep and the players know they have been a part of a half respectable football sport.

“We may have been 1-0 down after 17 seconds and there have been just a few nerves as a result of they may give 9 higher teams than us.

“I do not assume the lads deserve a third goal, we now have lost to the best team on the planet in the mean time and the players have given themselves an unbelievable account.

“There’s a trace of disappointment however the lads will get unbelievable consideration so I advised them to benefit from the second however to show up on Monday able to go to work as a result of Oldham is home (Tuesday).”

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