Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola revealed after his team qualified for the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday that he expects his team’s offensive players to shine tremendously in all competitions.
City rose to the knockout stages of the first European club championship after beating Olympiacos 1-0 in Group C.
City have scored 10 goals in four matches in the Champions League this season, the same number he has scored in eight matches in the Premier League, but Guardiola says he saw during a meeting on Wednesday what encouraged him to believe that the level of his team is improving.
Guardiola’s team dominated the game for long periods of time during the match before midfielder Phil Foden settled the score in the 36th minute, and the team ensured that the tournament would continue beyond the group stage after receiving the full mark after four rounds.
Guardiola told reporters after the victory that his team was the most offensive side and that everyone was keen to attack, shoot on the goal and score, and the Spanish coach added: Unfortunately, we only managed to score one goal, but the team is full of life … and we will strive to do more in the future and shine on all fronts.
Guardiola added: “We came here to qualify for the Round of 16 and we managed to do so again another year. Now we will quickly regain our energy and return to focus on the Premier League.
City is ranked 13th among the twentieth Premier League teams and will meet at home next Saturday with Burnley, 17th.