Late City victories 'show what we are' says Guardiola

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

David Moyes was "gutted" after West Ham's battling performance at the Etihad Stadium ended in defeat and he questioned teenage defender Declan Rice's role in Manchester City's victor. I am pretty sure he doesn't want other players to get injured, ' he said.

Manchester City head to Old Trafford next week searching for a 14th consecutive Premier League win which would break a 125-year top-flight record (set by Preston and Sunderland in 1891-92). I am not judging but it is hard. But I'm happy because we were able to do it in the second half.

I thought this performance gives us hope it can be done.

Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham have all caused City problems by sitting deep and invited them to unlock packed penalty areas, but Guardiola has hatched a new plan.

Guardiola vowed to play a strong team, saying City owed it to Napoli to compete because the Italian side could still progress if his side won.

Perhaps, his critics should have taken the time to check his CV, which includes a league title with Monaco and a Champions League semi-final with Lyon.

West Ham manager David Moyes, on his part, said: "I have to say it was a really good effort".

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Having seen Huddersfield and Southampton stifle City in the past week and go close to getting a result, Moyes chose to replicate their formula.

David Moyes has not enjoyed the best start to life at the London Stadium, yet it seems the hard work on the training ground is starting to pay off, with West Ham's midfield particularly impressive against the Blues (which is something that could not be said for much of the campaign). I don't think we will be in trouble", he said."I think we have a good team, good players.

"We know Man United have a very good team as well but we will play our game and try to control the match, to be better than them and bring the three points back home".

Can City keep doing this, or a slump is nearby for them?

"I think the intensity was there, but when you've got 11 men behind the ball that are not interested in anything other than just parking the bus it makes it hard".

"We don't normally play with two strikers and two wingers but we did so it is a lesson".

And while Rice was caught out of position for City's winning goal, Upson feels Rice should be kept in the first team and added: "Playing time and time again, week in week out, at this level he's just going to get better and better".

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