It was a fantastic result but we can do better, says Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has praised his players for being clinical throughout their Champions League game, although he admitted some players didn’t read the game well and insisted his side could do a lot better. Manchester City beat Sporting 5-0 in the first leg of the Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Manchester City produced a frantic first-half display at the Jose Alvalade Stadium as they thwarted Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie. Riyadh Mahrez finished strong after a back pass from Kevin De Bruyne in the 7th minute to give Manchester City the lead. VAR overturned the initial decision to rule out the goal for offside after a lengthy check.

Bernardo Silva then doubled the visitors’ lead with a superb finish that hit the net after hitting the crossbar from a corner kick in the 17th minute. Poor defending by the home side allowed Phil Foden to fire home in the 32nd minute after Mahrez produced a fine low cross.

Silva then added his second by shooting past the keeper with a deflection in the 44th minute. City became the first team in the competition’s history to lead by four goals at the halfway point of a knockout tie in European competition.

Raheem Sterling then completed the rout of the England side by scoring a superb goal from outside the box in the 58th minute. City manager Guardiola was impressed with his side’s performance, although he insisted his side could do better.

“Today we were so clinical. Every time we come in the first 20 minutes we score. We saw in the first five, six or seven minutes how dangerous they were. The difference between the teams n “It’s not 5-0. But in front we were so clinical. The players they know me. They know we can do better,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

“There were a few players who still didn’t fully understand what we needed to do in terms of preparation. We can do better. It’s just a fantastic game and result,” he added.

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