"They didn't want to play".
"United will be confident going into the game because of what has happened this weekend for City, even though it has been a good week for City too, as they've scored three late winners and have taken maximum points".
"It's a big victory", Guardiola told the BBC.
"After that he's trying, but he gave minutes in the last two games, he's ready...but it's not easy for him with 10 players there [in the box], there's nearly no space. Our game idea is always the same, and with this type of game we must have a lot of patience and precision when attacking". "We didn't have any rhythm because Adrian was taking 30 seconds every time".
The second-half was a different story, however, as City piled on the pressure with Nicolas Otamendi restoring parity on 61 minutes before David Silva completed the comeback seven minutes from time. Kevin de Bruyne playing as the holding midfielder gave us the tempo. You have to try to solve it [when teams pack the defense]. "We showed much better discipline as a team and now we need to move on".
As we all know by now and have know for a while, this is the week of the Manchester Derby, but Manchester City still have one game to go before what could be the defining moment of the season for Pep Guardiola and his men.
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City have been in irresistible form this season but it appears that teams may have identified a potential Achilles heel in their defence at set pieces.
However, having conceded another goal from a set-piece against West Ham, Guardiola expects another aerial bombardment from United next week.
Against an imposing United lineup that includes Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, the leaders could have their work cut out next week against master-tactician Jose Mourinho.