Guardiola full of praise for complete Bristol City ahead of 'tough' second leg

Guardiola full of praise for complete Bristol City ahead of 'tough' second leg
From ESPN - January 9, 2018

MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will face another "tough" test to secure a place in the Carabao Cup final when they travel to Championship side Bristol City.

City will go to Ashton Gate with a 2-1 advantage from the first leg after Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score an injury time winner.

But Guardiola warned how difficult it can be against Championship side after drawing with leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fourth round and being held by Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup last season, before their promotion to the Premier League.

"We are not going to finish our qualification for the final today -- it's going be in Bristol, we have to focus on what we have to do in our game," the City boss told a news conference.

"It will be tough. We saw that against Huddersfield, the same against Wolves here, if Cardiff go through in the FA Cup we will go to Cardiff and it will be so tough.

"It's a good experience because it will be the same in the Champions League -- you cannot play 180 minutes always in control and dominating but it's how you react and we did it again with character and personality.

"It's okay. We are going to play there, try to make a good game to reach the final."

Guardiola went on to pay tribute to the quality of Bristol City, who had already knocked out four Premier League sides, including Manchester United in the previous round.

They led through Bobby Reid's penalty shortly before half-time and looked like they could be the first English club to beat City this season until Kevin De Bruyne's leveller in the 55th minute and Aguero's 92nd minute header.

"You cannot knock out four teams from the Premier League without being well-organised and having good players," Guardiola added. "They can play, long balls, they are fast, they know exactly what they have to do.


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