Manchester City achieved an important victory over Chelsea with a score of 0:1. Pep Guardiola was particularly happy with the performance of Jack Grealish, who has often been the target of criticism lately. "Grealish's body language is exceptional if he plays or doesn't play,” Guardiola said for Sky Sports.
“These type of guys always play good.
He was really good defensively too.
Pep Guardiola on his team
The Spaniard was not happy with his team's performance in the first half, but they looked much more compact in the second. Riyad Mahrez's goal decided the winner in the end.
"We didn't play good in the first half. I said thank you to Cancelo for his effort, playing in not his usual position. But we decided to go with a line-up where our players could adapt on the pitch if they decided to go five at the back.
In the second half [we were] miles, miles better in every department.
It's a big result for us.
Riyad I knew the space would be there for him. He is good one-on-one in the final third. There are players that still need to come back and hit form.
The three points are important, definitely. The players know it, for a long time we were at the top.
But we try, we have the FA Cup and Carabao Cup and then Old Trafford. But it's important for these games, a win today, then Old Trafford then Spurs, it's important for the top of the league." Guardiola explained how the goal came about.
“I was speaking to Riyad – and he thought the goalkeeper was going to get it at one point and so did I,” he said.
“When I crossed it I was thinking Erling [Haaland] has got to be somewhere – I’m just hitting the space. And I asked him ‘where was you’ and he said he pulled back”.