Pep Guardiola complains Man City ‘couldn’t control’ Wolves game as he calls Matheus Nunes a ‘machine’ and praises Bruno Lage’s ‘quality’ players more

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Pep Guardiola told talkSPORT his side ‘couldn’t control’ the game in their 3-0 win over Wolves.

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

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Guardiola thought his team could have been better against Wolves

And despite the 3-0 loss, Pep thought Wolves did a good job on Saturday

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And despite the 3-0 loss, Pep thought Wolves did a good job on Saturday

City took a lead of just a minute in the game, Jack Grealish scoring his first of the season thanks to a delightful cross from Kevin De Bruyne.

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

However, Guardiola still believes his side could have done better, given they struggled to contain Wolves even when the home side fell to 10 men in just half an hour.

“We couldn’t control,” Guardiola told talkSPORT.

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

Ahead of the game, the Spaniard said his side were ready for a ‘tough’ game against Bruno Lage’s side and explained how his sides had struggled to break down the Midlands side before.


Neves caught Guardiola's eye

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Neves caught Guardiola’s eye

And it looks like Wolves players have once again impressed Guardiola 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 very well, [Nathan] Collins and [Max] Kilman has a quality, and all the people ahead, 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 it, they are so dynamic.

“And Nunes is a space attacking machine, yeah they were a very, very good team.”

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