Pep: ‘We played good for 45 minutes, not the other ones’ in win

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Pep Guardiola feels a bit inconvenienced, man.

The Manchester City boss saw a player sent off late in a comfortable win for the second-straight match in all competitions when center back Fernandinho saw his second yellow in a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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The sending off came days after Phil Foden was dismissed from a blowout defeat of Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League. From the BBC:

“Sometimes when you have a lot of problems more problems come in the same position. It happed with Phil Foden on Tuesday. Football is about taking the right decisions in the right moment, but it can happen.”

Fortunately for City, the suspension will likely be just one match. That probably means a Nicolas Otamendi-John Stones center back pairing versus Southampton in the Premier League, which is a fine pairing for most teams in the country.

Mostly, Guardiola was unimpressed with his team’s opening effort after that midweek win. He said that only Raheem Sterling was going well in the first 45, adding that the club “imitated” him in the second half.