Manchester Metropolis made it two wins from two of their newest bid for Champions League glory as Kevin De Bruyne starred in a simple 3-0 win at Marseille on Tuesday. The English facet, who’ve by no means reached the semi-finals below Pep Guardiola, sit prime of the early Group C desk after their opening victory at Porto final week. The Metropolis boss mentioned that his facet have to simply accept current criticism after solely profitable two of their 5 Premier League matches to date this season, however that he was assured they will put collectively a robust run after their efficiency on the Stade Velodrome.
“A part of the criticism was proper, however you have to settle for it. It is a part of our job,” Guardiola instructed BT Sport.
“It is about the place we have come from within the final month, with lack of preparation, accidents and Covid-19, however the Champions League is in an excellent place now.
“I am certain we will discover that consistency… I am so happy with the way in which we performed.”
With De Bruyne working the present in midfield on his first begin since coming back from damage, Metropolis cruised previous a largely ineffective Marseille.
Andre-Villas Boas’s males, enjoying of their first Champions League marketing campaign since 2013, are rooted to the foot of the group after back-to-back defeats.
The previous Chelsea and Tottenham coach reduce an agitated determine in his post-match press convention, hitting out at journalists who criticised his choice to start out with 5 defenders.
“Lorient (who Marseille beat on Saturday) and Metropolis usually are not the identical factor,” he mentioned. “You’re beginning to criticise all the alternatives I make.
“Metropolis is Metropolis — spent over a billion (euros) over years to construct this group. They’ve a coach who’s a phenomenon…
“Sadly, Marseille don’t have any cash to herald Guardiola. Sadly, you have got AVB and his techniques.”
Porto sit second behind Metropolis after a 2-0 win over Olympiakos in Group C’s different match on Tuesday and host Marseille subsequent week.
“It is one other degree, it’s a must to be trustworthy,” Marseille winger Florian Thauvin instructed RMC Sport.
“We’ve to study from these matches, we have now to enhance.
“The Porto match is a last-chance match. We’ve to do higher, it is the Champions League. It has been seven years since we took half, we should all study collectively.”
– Metropolis dominate –
Metropolis began with Ferran Torres up entrance within the absence of injured duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
The guests dominated the early phases with out creating many clear-cut probabilities, however have been handed the opening purpose within the 18th minute.
Marseille midfielder Valentin Rongier’s dreadful go put De Bruyne within the clear, and the Belgian squared for Torres to fit in his third Metropolis purpose since signing from Valencia.
Metropolis appeared more likely to win with none assist from their opponents, however Marseille defender Leonardo Balerdi contrived to lose the ball inside his personal space and was lucky to see Oleksandr Zinchenko’s effort clip the bottom of the put up.
The house facet have been a lot improved after the interval, although, and Metropolis goalkeeper Ederson was fortunate to fumble a long-range strike from Thauvin onto his put up and behind.
However any hopes of a push for a late OM equaliser have been put to mattress 14 minutes from time.
Phil Foden stood a excessive ball as much as the again put up which Raheem Sterling nodded down for Ilkay Gundogan to attain.
It was not lengthy earlier than De Bruyne collected his second help of the sport, as his low go was tapped house by Sterling.
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