Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed the fighting spirit his players showed during their thrilling 3-3 draw with Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday.
City trio Fernandinho, Nolito, and Raheem Sterling all came up with equalisers during their six-goal thriller at Celtic Park, which leaves them in second place in Group C.
The 45-year-old manager says it was difficult for his side to start after conceded goals early in each half but he remain’s determined that his side will fight till the end.
‘It was difficult for us to start in the first half and second half with a goal against us, that’s why I’m so happy for the reaction of the players – it’s not easy to score three goals away,’ Guardiola told the Manchester City website
‘In the second-half – the last 20 minutes – we made absolutely everything so I don’t know how many chances they had after the three goals, it’s a pity because to win here would be a good step forward but we need to (play) from the beginning.
‘This group, this club, we are going to fight until the last game to qualify.’
Guardiola admits that it was difficult to play against a Celtic side in European football but says he was delighted to walk away with a point.
‘It’s football, it’s Europe, the opponents are good. When you see the last 24 games at home for Celtic they lost just three. I know how difficult it is, that’s why the reaction was amazing,’ Guardiola added.
‘It’s okay, it’s one point, we didn’t lose.’
Manchester City will now turn their focus back to the Premier League when they face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The match at White Hart Lane kicks off at 15:15.
Image: Manchester City website
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