Guardiola explains why City played derby with ‘fear’

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Date published: Sunday 11th November 2018 7:25

Pep Guardiola thinks Manchester City played with “fear” in the first half of their 3-1 derby victory over Manchester United.

Goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero put City on the road to success, before Anthony Martial gave United a glimmer of hope.

However, Ilkay Gundogan’s lovely finish on 86 minutes sealed victory for Guardiola‘s side.

“We deserved the victory,” Guardiola told BBC Sport. “The first half we played a little bit with fear but football is a game and we didn’t want to lose the ball. We didn’t want to attack and they defended well.

“In the second half the game is a bit open so we have to find more space but we made a good performance against a top, top team .

On why his team had ‘fear,’ Guardiola added: “We wanted to play good in front of our fans and we know how important it is to play in this game. But we did well and that goal from Sergio Aguero helped us a lot after half-time.

“Man United have this amazing quality so they don’t need too much to punish you. These kinds of situations can happen [the second goal]. We reacted so well. This time we didn’t concede another chance.”