Guardiola says injuries starting to bite for Man City
Oct 25 2020
On a different night, City could have gone in at half-time 3-0 down, but this was Porto in the group stages, and instead it was 1-1, with Sergio Aguero scoring his first goal of the season from the penalty spot after Pepe's clumsy jump at Raheem Sterling.
"Manchester City have very good players and did not need this help".
"I was surprised they played so defensively with five at the back, we had to be patient but in the second half we didn't concede counter-attacks, we didn't concede set-pieces, we didn't allow them to run". They were struggling to find their balance in the game in the starting 45 minutes. "The reality is to win the home games is so important for qualification". The Portuguese managed to get ahead with a goal from Luis Díaz but Aguero, Gundogan and finally the Spanish Ferrán Torres sealed the comeback for the Sky Blues. "We have players in different conditions, I am not 100 percent there because of (contracting) Covid".
With Ake out, Guardiola turned to Eric Garcia as the want-away 19-year-old made his third appearance of the season, leaving John Stones to make do with a late substitute appearance after Fernandinho's injury.
City's strong lineup saw the almost score an opener inside nine minutes of gameplay against Porto after Cancelo set up Sterling who fluffed his chance after Mbemba's interception.