Pep Guardiola complains Man City ‘could not control’ the game in win at Wolves, as he labels Matheus Nunes a ‘machine’ and has more praise for Bruno Lage’s ‘quality’ players

    Pep Guardiola has told talkSPORT his side ‘could not control’ the game in their 3-0 win against Wolves.

    But whilethe Manchester City manager thought his team’s performance was far from perfect, he had plenty of praise for the opposition – particularly Matheus Nunes and Ruben Neves.

    Guardiola thought he side could’ve been better against Wolves

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    Guardiola thought he side could’ve been better against Wolves

    And despite losing 3-0, Pep thought Wolves did a great job on Saturday

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    And despite losing 3-0, Pep thought Wolves did a great job on Saturday

    City got themselves ahead just one minute in to the game, with Jack Grealish scoring his first of the season thanks to a delicious cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

    Guardiola’s side soon went 2-0 up with just 16 minutes on the clock and won 3-0 without Wolves really threatening City’s goal, putting them top of the Premier League table.

    However, Guardiola still believes his side could’ve done better, considering they struggled to contain Wolves even when the home side went down to 10 men with just half an hour gone.

    “We could not control,” Guardiola told talkSPORT.

    “We had one more man and they had the ability to make a build-up and get behind our lines.”

    Prior to the game, the Spaniard had said his team were ready for a ‘difficult’ game against Bruno Lage’s side and expressed how his sides has struggled to break the Midlands outfit down before.

    Neves caught the eye of Guardiola

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    Neves caught the eye of Guardiola

    And it seems Wolves’ players impressed Guardiola yet again despite the scoreline, especially new signing Nunes and captain Neves.

    “Of course Ruben Nevez was exceptional with that [build-up play],” Guardiola said.

    “As a team they play really well, [Nathan] Collins and [Max] Kilman have a quality, and all the people up front, Neves, [Joao] Moutinho, [Pedro] Neto, [Goncalo] Guedes and [Daniel] Podence.

    “They have incredible quality. The Portuguese teams are very good, they can keep the ball, they don’t lose the ball, they are so dynamic.

    “And Nunes is a machine at attacking the spaces, yeah it was a really, really good side.”

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