Pep Guardiola welcomed the “dream” result after “Manchester City” defeated Lisbon “Sporting” with a score of 5: 0, but said they needed to play better.
“City” almost secured a place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, when on Tuesday at the stadium “Jose Arvelad” staged a riot in the first match of the 1/8 finals.
However, warning the rest of the competition, the Guardiola manager demanded more from his players after the game, acknowledging that he was much more pleased with the score than the performance.
Guardiola said: “I am more than delighted. We know how hard it is. We were so clinical – when we arrived at their box, we scored a goal.
“We defended well and got an incredible result, but we as a leader and team have a responsibility to analyze how we performed, not just the result.
“We need to take better care of the ball. One of the rules I have is if you have the ball try to pass it to someone in the same t-shirt. Today we lost the ball many times.
“The difference was that we were so clinical. Then the opponents are hard and we have confidence. It’s a dream, a perfect result, so good to answer, but we can do better. “
Former Benfica player Bernardo Silva has scored twice for City after a happy return to his hometown, including a stunning half-volley and made it 2-0.
“He scored one of the best goals I’ve seen for technique, of all,” Guardiola said. “Hopefully, it will give him even more confidence.
“He is in his hometown, he loves his homeland. He was a player and a fan of Benfica, so it’s special for him. “
Other City goals were scored by Riyadh Marrez, Rahim Sterling and Phil Foden.
Sports coach Ruben Omarim admitted that City were too strong.
He said: “We knew it was going to be a tough game, they’re probably the best team in the world.
“We tried, but every time they got to our lodge, they killed. They’re a great team and they killed us every time we got to our lodge.
“After the third goal it became a suffering, it is no longer football. They have more years of experience and a better coach and they have played more minutes than we have.
“We could not find a solution. We were powerless and I have to apologize to my players. “