Man City boss Pep Guardiola critical of two players despite Borussia Dortmund win

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was not completely satisfied despite taking a 2-1 lead after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund. Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden give City the edge heading into the second leg in Germany next week.

De Bruyne gave the hosts the lead after 19 minutes in a tight affair.

Marco Reus equalised with six minutes of the match remaining before Foden popped up in the 90th minute to win it for City.

Guardiola admitted he was relieved after what he thought was a below-par performance from his side.

“Yeah, relief, better to win than draw,” the Spaniard told BT Sport.

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“Still at 1-1 we had 90 mins to do it. 2-1, Champions League, we are going there to win the game.

“First half we were not clever with the ball, our pass was not better for the mate.

“Second half was much better, two or three clear chances to score the second or third, unfortunately didn’t happen, but after concede 1-1 we were there and we score the final goal.”

Midfielder Rodri and left-back Joao Cancelo were singled out for criticism by the City boss.

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“To play good in the areas you want we need a good build up, today was not good,” Guardiola continued.

“Joao and Rodri weren’t clever to receive the ball in the positions to contact for the other ones.

“But it’s normal, the opponents are strong, the quality, the pace, the quality up front that they have, it is always difficult to do what we want to do.

“It’s a good result, 2-1 and we have another chance next week.”

Guardiola is attempting to lead City into the semi-final stage for the first time.

And he is keen to not sit back and protect the lead at Signal Iduna Park next Wednesday.

Guardiola said: “We are going to watch the game, we know exactly what they do, we will adjust a few things and go there to win the game.

“We win last 27 games of 28, then Leeds, then to Germany to try and win the game.

“I say that Borussia Dortmund is a typical club from the Champions League.

“They used to play this Champions League for many years. We are 2-1, go to win, analyse what we have done.”

Meanwhile, De Bruyne felt his side should have led by more before conceding Reus’ equaliser.

“We probably should have scored a little bit more but obviously when they came back to 1-1, that was a little shame but it happens,” De Bruyne said.

“I think the reaction was really good so to get the win is good. We know 2-1 is a tricky score but at least we are ahead for the second leg.”

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