Pep Guardiola has expressed his satisfaction after Manchester City made the Champions League last 16 through Phil Foden’s lone goal against Olympiakos on Wednesday night.
Man City dominated the first half and Rodri almost started things off with a thunderbolt inside three minutes. A sublime switch of play from John Stones picked out the returning Benjamin Mendy on the left flank. His cross was cleared by Ruben Semedo, falling to the waiting Rodri but his thunderous volley went straight at Sa. Just after, another Mendy cross was sent wide by Bernardo Silva at the near post before Foden shot well wide from range.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola said: “Today we were much more aggressive to the goal. It is not easy when there are nine players defending. Our central defenders were outstanding – John Stones, it is not easy when you have not played for a long time.
“We put our wingers closer to the striker. All of them, Bernardo, Phil, Raz [Raheem Sterling], were so aggressive. Mendy and Joao were outstanding too, [Ilkay] Gundogan and Rodri as well.
“In general, the performance was of a top, top level. Unfortunately, we couldn’t score a second and a third one or the game would have been completely different at the end. We came here to get to the last 16. We are there again and now we focus on the Premier League.
“We made an incredible group stage. Especially our two games away; the second half against Porto and the first half against Olympiakos at home.
“We will see tonight the result of Marseille and Porto. We made an incredible performance. Unfortunately, we could only score one goal, but the team is alive.”
Next, Man City host Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday. They then travel to Porto in their penultimate Champions League group game on Tuesday.
Olympiakos face Aris in the Greek Super League on Saturday before travelling to Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday.