Champions League

Guardiola pleased with positive start

2017-09-14 10:36
Pep Guardiola.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola wants his side to keep their feet on the ground following their one-sided 4-0 Champions League thrashing of Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Wednesday night.

John Stones kicked off proceedings with barely two minutes on the clock before Sergio Agüero slammed home a Kyle Walker cross on 10 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus slotted in with 25 minutes played before Stones headed home on 63 minutes to round off a good night for the away side.

After the game, Guardiola told the club's official website: "It’s so important to win the first game and though nothing is achieved yet, it’s a great start for us this evening.

“Last season we weren’t able to win any games away in the Champions League and we spoke about that among the squad.

“If we want to be able to move forward, you must be able to win games away in this competition – home matches as well, of course – but we made a very good performance.

“It helps to score in the first few minutes, but we continued to keep attacking and going forward while defending really well, too.”

Guardiola added that the new players he brought to the club have strengthened his side, but they need to build on this first win.

“We’ve made a huge effort to move forwards and brought in five players during the summer – as have all the top clubs in Europe – PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona - and it’s important for us to see if we can go away from home with the same mentality we have at the Etihad."

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