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Pep Guardiola pleased with Champions League win at Hoffenheim

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted his pleasure after his team came from bench to register a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in the Champions League. The Citizens had already suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hand of Lyon during the opening game of the competition and there appeared a repeat after they conceded within the final minute against Hoffenheim.

However, goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva – with the latter coming in the 87th minute ensured that the Citizens picked up their first victory of the current Champions League campaign. Speaking after the game, Guardiola said: “After one minute we conceded and it’s not easy, but after that we fought, as always, as a team.

“The previous two seasons were not simple, but we qualified with games left and this time it’s not going to happen. Maybe for the future it’s going to be good to live these kind of situation. You cannot go through to quarters, semis, without living these situations. That’s why today is one of the happiest days I’ve had in this club because it’s going to help us.”

“Given the attacking ammunition at hand, the Premier League holders were unquestionably the dominant side at Hoffenheim on Tuesday night“ and they could consider themselves let down by the referees who denied them a genuine penalty kick. Nevertheless, the Mancunian giants need to show“ improvement on the defensive“ front especially when it comes to the long-balls through which Hoffenheim may have taken the better advantage on some other day.

Manchester City are currently at the top of the standings with 19 points – the same as second-placed Liverpool whom they face in the Premier League before the international break. The reigning champions have a woeful record at Anfield with no wins in any competition since 2005 but Guardiola will be hoping that he can end the run when the teams clash this weekend.