Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s post-match media duties gave rise to a number of noteworthy takeaways this evening, after the Sky Blues got the better of Tottenham.
Gundogan at the double
Guardiola’s men were back in Premier League action a short time ago, when the Sky Blues welcomed Spurs to the Etihad.
City headed into proceedings brimming with confidence, having set a new domestic record on the back of the club’s FA Cup downing of Swansea during the week:
15 – Manchester City’s current run of 15 consecutive wins in all competitions is the longest in English football history by a top-flight side. Ruthless. pic.twitter.com/hx7TiE4Ksg
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And, when all was said and done in Manchester this evening, the Citizens’ scintillating form only continued.
Another dazzling display eventually saw Rodri’s first-half spot-kick added to by an Ilkay Gundogan brace following the interval, as the hosts cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win:
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Man City are in control now 👏
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Gundogan latest/Rodri vs Ederson
Manchester City now sit a full 7 points clear atop the Premier League table, whilst boasting a game in hand over 2nd-placed Leicester.
In turn, Pep Guardiola was unsurprisingly in fine form during his post-match media duties, with the Spaniard, as outlined above, having gone on to provide a number of noteworthy updates regarding his squad.
The first surrounded the wellbeing of key midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who, after finding the net twice versus Spurs, was forced to depart the action with a groin issue:
Guardiola says Gundogan told him his groin was tight and ‘he has the intelligence’ to come off. They’ll know more tomorrow/Monday
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Next up was an insight into Guardiola’s thoughts surrounding the spot-kick pecking order in City’s squad, after Rodri was handed the responsibility of stepping up at the Etihad today.
Despite his fellow countryman finding the net, however, the Sky Blues boss poured cold water on Rodri’s chances of doing so again over the weeks ahead, highlighting the ‘luck’ involved in the midfielder’s strike finding the net:
‘No (Rodri has not done enough to convince me he is Manchester City’s penalty taker). The taker was no good. We were lucky. So I love and admire the courage to take it but he was not a good taker. We were lucky.’
In turn, Guardiola was inevitably drawn on the possibility of Ederson being handed the chance to convert from 12 yards next time out, after the Spaniard hinted that he was ready to allow his side’s no.1 the chance to try his luck on the back of City’s downing of Liverpool last weekend.
Guardiola, though, confirmed that he ‘needs to think’ further regarding the issue:
‘If he can play that pass from 70 yards he can shoot from 12. His quality of the shot is good. I know him. Penalties are different. I need to think.’
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