Pep Guardiola signifies Manchester City’s slow start to the Champions league campaign as a lesson for his side to get better in future in order to lift the prestigious title one day.
It required a late punch from David Silva to give Pep’s men all three points over German outfit Hoffeinheim, who were excellent throughout the evening and almost caught the premier league champions out with an early goal.
The club based from Bundesliga took the lead in just 53 seconds into the game courtesy of some sloppy defending before Sergio Aguero stroke past the equaliser.
City then went full throttle in search for victory with their intensified attacking game and got their reward at the death in a very nervy circumstances.
This win actually presents the Cityzens with cold water after their frustrating defeat in the hands of Lyon on match day one at Etihad stadium.
Nabdil Fekir and Maxim Cornet put a dent to their proceedings that day to show signs of vulnerability in the setup which the Spaniard suggests will only better the situation for his side to make them stronger.
“We had a little bit of pressure but our result in this competition, when we lose at home, becomes so tough.
“After one minute we conceded and it’s not easy but after that we fought, as always, as a team. We deserve credit because we fought everything, the result, the pressure, many other things. We need like a club, players, we have to live these situations to get better.”
Guardiola also replicated the finishes City recorded by stages in the last two season of him in the hot seat and believes those little steps will arrive with prosperity in the hunt for the major honour.
“The previous two seasons were not simple, not easy but we qualified with games left and this time it’s not going to happen,” he said.
“Maybe for the future it’s going to be good to live these kinds of situations. You cannot go through to quarters, semis, without living these situations.”
Also, he remarked that the club won’t have an additional pressure because they don’t have a defining past history on the European platform, a boost to their latest commitments.
“Manchester City is a fantastic club but has no history of these situations. What happens has given me good signals for our future because we fought against everything.”
“We have to live it like a club, for the players and myself it will be good.
“If we are able to go through the [quarter] finals we’ll have learned about what we have to do to beat opponents, I’m pretty sure. The best lesson it will be good for our future as a club, our performance today.”
“We’ll fight. We are Manchester City, we don’t have history behind us. For me it’s a surprise when they say City will win. I appreciate it, thank you but it’s not true.”
He ended by comparing other club’s agility in the tournament with his side’s rapid development that is sure to give them a change of look in years to come.
“We are the same level of the teams – a step below the history of Liverpool, the Spanish teams, Milan, Juventus. That’s what I believe.
We’ve had one semi-final, one quarter final. It’s step by step, be humble, analyse the opponents.
“We’ll try to get to the [quarter] finals, that’s a huge success for city. It’s a huge success. Every time we do it we’ll learn and improve.