21 Jul Manchester City news: Pep Guardiola unconcerned by Wolves penalty shootout defeat in Premier League Asia Trophy
The Premier League champions fell to conquer their pre-season battle against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, however the prior positions no significance on the reduction
Pep Guardiola will put little value on Manchester City’s Premier League Asia Trophy final defeat to Wolves on penalties.
Following Saturday’s goalless draw in China, Rui Patricio saved place kicks from Ilkay Gundogan, David Silva and Lukas Nmecha to secure a 3-2 victory in the shootout.
City obtained an unprecedented national treble last term but have been denied the opportunity to add more silverware before the new year kicking off.
When requested if the outcome worried him, Guardiola responded:”I do not think so.
“Sometimes it’s great to lose against the Premier League teams because interval [pre-season] but frankly I do not think so.
“If we will drop in the future it won’t be because now we dropped on penalties in this particular competition. That’s my perception but what can happen in game.”
Kevin De Bruyne shone throughout the opening 45 moments and Guardiola hailed his team’s screen in Shanghai despite their failure to score.
“They performed exceptionally well from the first half,” he explained. “Wolves defended well and deep with a very low block.
“It is not simple to create opportunities and we made and we did not concede 1 counter-attack in that first half and the next first 15 minutes.
“Everybody, not only the young players, made a fantastic performance.
“We [can] understand from that. We realise how hard everything is and we’re satisfied, particularly with the way we played.”
Injuries confined De Bruyne into 11 Premier League begins last term with Guardiola trusting the Belgium playmaker can remain fit in 2019/20.
The Belgium global enrolled 12 targets and 21 aids in 52 looks two seasons past as he left his name among the world’s leading attacking midfielders, along with his supervisor considers City missed that participant last year.
“Regrettably last year we missed him a great deal,” he explained.
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“We did amazingly well without him we are more powerful together with him.
“Hopefully he could attain his degree. He’s quite positive in his or her mind. He made an unbelievable first half, very excellent.
“He is a man who enjoys to perform football – a massive competitor. He loses confidence in himself.”