Pep Guardiola hails win over Fulham as ‘the moment’ of Manchester City profession
Pep Guardiola claimed Manchester City’s dramatic late 2-1 victory in opposition to Fulham was “the moment” of his time on the membership so far.
Erling Haaland drilled residence a penalty deep into damage time as 10-man City noticed off the battling Cottagers in a hard-fought Premier League conflict on the Etihad Stadium.
The aim sparked jubilant celebrations across the floor, underlining the aid felt after the champions had performed for greater than an hour with a numerical drawback after Joao Cancelo was despatched off.
The win took City again to the highest of the desk and, regardless of Guardiola having amassed quite a few trophies in his six full seasons on the membership, he felt the character proven on this event surpassed every thing.
Guardiola mentioned: “Everyone was exceptional for 65 minutes against Fulham, playing the way we played.
“It was the moment of my period here in Manchester so far and, of course, the goal at the end, celebrating with our people – we didn’t win the Premier League here today, of course, but this moment makes sense of our job for all us.
“It was so exciting. After seven years, you always have doubts – do people follow you, are they tired, are people annoyed in their jobs, many thousands of millions of meetings, training session and travel, but today you say, wow, you see they are there.
“They still want to do it, they are still alive and they make us so, so proud. We won because my players are beyond exceptional in all departments.”
City had seemed snug early on and went forward by way of Julian Alvarez however the sport modified after Cancelo bundled over Harry Wilson to concede a penalty and see pink.
Andreas Pereira struck the ensuing penalty and it required fit-again Haaland to come back off the bench to grab the win after the guests proved a handful.
Guardiola had no complaints concerning the sending off.
He mentioned: “He was the last man. It was soft contact but there cannot be contact. It is a red card.”
Kevin De Bruyne gained the penalty for the late winner.
Guardiola mentioned: “I have said he is not at his best in the recent past – but he was completely the opposite today. He put the team on his shoulders.”
Fulham boss Marco Silva felt his facet deserved higher.
He mentioned: “It is tough to take. The mood is not the best in the dressing room. We came here to embrace the great challenge that we had ahead of us and we did it most of the time.
“They started better than us and the first goal we conceded was clear but I think we started in that moment.
“After we equalised and with the red card the game was more balanced. We showed some moments of quality but I would like us to show more.”
Guardiola additionally delivered a constructive replace on injured England pair Kalvin Phillips and Kyle Walker forward of the World Cup.
Phillips, who has solely performed 14 minutes of soccer this season, underwent shoulder surgical procedure in September and Walker had a groin operation final month.
Guardiola mentioned: “They feel much, much better. Yesterday Kalvin had his second full training session with us, full contact. The next game against Chelsea he will be on the bench. Whether he plays or not I don’t know.
“Kyle feels really, really good too.”