Pep Guardiola thanked Manchester City’s “incredible” fans after they roared their team on to a huge victory over Leeds United at the Etihad.
Man City were on a six-game winning streak in the Premier League heading into Tuesday night’s game versus Leeds.
Guardiola’s side were at their scintillating best against Marcelo Bielsa’s team. Kevin De Bruyne put in a man of the match worthy display as he scored in either half.
Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, John Stones and Nathan Ake also netted as City ran out 7-0 winners at the Etihad.
This is the Premier League champions’ 13th win of the season and they are now four points clear at the top of the table.
Liverpool can close the gap on their rivals to one point if they beat Newcastle United on Thursday night.
City face Newcastle themselves on Sunday and they come up against Leicester and Brentford before the end of the year.
As quoted by BBC Sport, Guardiola said post-match that his players were “brilliant” as they hit Leeds for seven:
“Congratulations to the team, it was a good performance from us,” Guardiola said.
“The vibes of the stadium was nice today – it was sold out and the supporters were incredible.
“We started in a good rhythm and our central defenders made good build-up. We were patient with the ball and the quality of the players did the rest.
“We lost five points last season when we played Leeds.
“We tried to prepare well for the game. The players, maybe they felt, that it is a more serious team than people think. I know exactly which manager conducts this team.
“The pride they have every game, with every single ball. We saw the game against Chelsea, they deserved to take at least one point. The way they fought, maybe they were a little tired as they played just two days ago.
“That is why I give credit for the victory because I am pretty sure that every opponent knows what it is to play Leeds. Now we rest and prepare for Newcastle on Sunday.
“When you get these results it’s because individually they [the players] are brilliant.”
De Bruyne said after the victory that his teammates played “incredibly well”:
“A lot has happened this year, a little bit out of out of my control. The only thing I could do is work hard and come back as quick as possible. It’s unfortunate with everything that has happened and at the time I was coming back I got Covid. It happened and now we are working hard to come back to a good level.
“I think we played incredibly well, especially against the way they pressed. We found the right times to attack them. When were were 3-0 or 4-0 up it gets tough for them and they tried to keep it tight in the second half, but we had a lot of chances to score more.
“It’s good for everybody, a lot of people who maybe didn’t play a lot played today and chipped in. For the whole team it is a booster.”
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