Guardiola explains tactical change that beat Porto; reveals merciless harm blow
Date revealed: Wednesday twenty first October 2020 11:26
Pep Guardiola says Manchester Metropolis have made a “good begin” within the Champions League after beating Porto 3-1 on the Etihad Stadium.
Metropolis fell behind early within the first half however fought again to assert the three factors of their opening group stage fixture.
Sergio Aguero scored from the penalty spot to degree the scores, earlier than Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres secured the win.
And Guardiola says some tactical adjustments made shortly earlier than the break gave his aspect the management they wanted as a way to come out on prime.
Talking after the sport (by way of BBC Sport) he stated: “It is a good begin for us and the following step we go to France to get the second.
“At set items they have been sturdy. By the second half we didn’t concede something set items or counter assaults so we managed the sport.
“Groups that arrange with tons again it’s a must to wait in your second. We adjusted a little bit one thing on the finish of the primary half. We spoke about being affected person, we needed to be affected person and on the proper second assault them, so we allow them to run.”
Pep confirms harm lay-off for Fernandinho
The victory has been soured for Metropolis by the information that midfielder Fernandinho will probably be out for upto six weeks with a reoccurrence of a leg harm.
The Brazilian got here on as an eighty fifth minute substitute however hobbled off once more in added time.
When requested for an replace on the 35-year-old, Guardiola revealed: “It’s unhealthy information, it’s within the place he was injured earlier than. It’s in his leg, I feel he will probably be out for 4 to 6 weeks. It’s a huge blow for us as a result of we want individuals there.”
Metropolis have already got Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines.
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