Pep Guardiola hoping to meet Bayern Munich and Niko Kovač in Europe

Pep Guardiola hoping to meet Bayern Munich and Niko Kovač in Europe

Pep Guardiola hoping to meet Bayern Munich and Niko Kovač in Europe

"It was a brilliant experience for me and my family". We started really well and had a lot of chances. It gives you motivation.

It was the Egyptian King's second touch of the game and an emphatic return to form after his frustrating time at the World Cup.

"It was nice as he had a conversation with my brother and me, where we learned a lot".

"I have to keep an eye on him all the time".

"We would prefer for players to come back as soon as possible but it is not possible".

"I think it makes it good because the competition improves the players, improves the squad, improves the team".

"I am not concerned what someone says one day".

"They are all good guys - and that's why I was disappointed for them". Though it seemed as if the Sky Blues were staring down the barrel of a third defeat, plenty of commendable play means they have a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the Community Shield next Sunday.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is lamenting the problems this summer's World Cup finals have caused to his pre-season preparations, but admits he is not the only coach put in a hard situation by missing players.

City's opening games against Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool had both ended in narrow defeats, but with Guardiola opting for familiarity - eight players in the starting lineup here had begun all three games of this United States tour - it was another young side full of running.

It was the substitute that brought City back into the game, cutting in off the right flank before picking out the far corner from the edge of the penalty area in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

"'Yet Pep just said to me 'look, there is nothing more important than your family".

"Of course they now need a break to recover and be fresh for the new season". He knows the club and the mentality at Bayern and I will be happy if they have success. Every time we played Leicester and he had the ball, I was like "ok please don't do anything creative".

The Algerian limped off to be replaced by Portuguese midfielder Silva, who scored the goal his team's display had deserved on the stroke of half-time.

"When you see Pep on TV or read his words in the newspaper, it is the portrait of a man who is the ultimate professional".

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