Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola units sights on Club World Cup

Pep Guardiola is concentrating on the Club World Cup to finish the set after Manchester City overcame a sloppy begin to beat Sevilla on spot-kicks to carry the UEFA Super Cup.

Two months on from turning into the second English membership in historical past to win the treble, the Champions League holders confronted the file Europa League winners in Greece.

Sevilla took the lead by Youssef En-Nesyri’s towering header and had quite a few possibilities to increase their lead earlier than City struck again by Cole Palmer’s looping header.

The Super Cup ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and Guardiola’s males triumphed on penalties 5-4 after Nemanja Gudelj smashed the final spot-kick of the shoot-out off the bar.

This was the primary time City have gained the competitors and the Spaniard is set so as to add the Club World Cup to their cupboard in December.

“Of course we are not in the best, best moment, I would say,” Guardiola stated after profitable his fourth Super Cup as a coach.

“But knowing a little bit the players and the mentality of the backroom staff, I had a feeling that we will try.

“We are really pleased to have already one title in this season. Really pleased for the club – this title we didn’t have and now we have it.

“We miss just one to finish all circle and be able for this club to win all the titles we can have. It’s happening in December, when we go to Saudi Arabia to play there, the (Club) World Cup.

“I would say really, really pleased. A tight game like happened in the (Champions League) final against Inter, a tight game that we lost in the last minute against Arsenal (in the Community Shield). Football in these stages, in that moment, in that period is a coin (flip).”

This was an energy-sapping night time for City in sizzling and humid Piraeus, the place the match kicked off at 10pm native time and completed within the early hours of Thursday morning.

It is a fast turnaround after a troublesome take a look at, main Guardiola to take a pop on the Premier League for scheduling their subsequent match towards Newcastle on Saturday night.

“Of course tomorrow will be even more happier than today,” he stated, with City resulting from fly again to the north west on Thursday.

“Recover, not one drop of alcohol today. Recover as much as possible because again, from Greece, thank you so much for the Premier League to let us play on Saturday. And not on Sunday and Monday. Thank you so much.”

The star man for City was participant of the match Palmer, who adopted his superb end within the eventual Community Shield shoot-out loss to Arsenal by scoring a intelligent header in Greece.

The 21-year-old has been topic of hypothesis this summer time and Guardiola dominated out a mortgage transfer for the home-grown expertise.

“The opinion I had when he arrived is he wanted to leave, but now I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he stated.

“I don’t think a loan is going to happen. He’s going to stay or going to sell, but I think a loan is not going to happen.

“He has a character. It’s not easy to play against defenders like (Marcos) Acuna, for example, who is a top defender.

“It’s not easy, it’s a final. He’s a young player playing in these stages. It’s not easy for these guys. He played really, really good and made a fantastic goal, too.”

As for Sevilla, the shoot-out heartbreak represented a sixth successive Super Cup loss.

Head coach Jose Luis Mendilibar stated: “To make a good plan against a team as good as City is very complicated. I really wish we’d played higher up the pitch and put them under more pressure.

“When we had the chances to score the second goal, we didn’t take them. But I really believe we played a good game, and we probably created more chances than them.”

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