It’s just a reminder of what you need in this league
Burnley suffered a 5-0 defeat against Manchester City in the first game back giving Pep Guardiola yet another fantastic result against the Clarets.
It came at a cost though for the City boss who will now be without Sergio Agüero for a few games although he could still return before the end of the season. “He felt something in his knee and he will struggle in the last month, but we will see,” Guardiola said. “The doctor said tomorrow we will know more, but it doesn’t look good a this moment.”
He was happy with his team’s performance though. “We played really well and it was a good, solid performance, especially at the beginning,” he added. “We have a good advantage over fifth for qualification for Champions League for next season. We are so close to qualification.”
“I said many times, he’s never played bad. Especially for his behaviour and attitude. On the pitch, training, he loves to play football. He plays every time with us since he was promoted to the senior squad and has played at a high level. We cannot forget he is just 20 years old. He will be a decisive player for this club.”
David Silva will soon be leaving but turned in another excellent performance. Guardiola has promised him a special send off. He said: “We are going, when it’s possible for people to come back to Etihad Stadium, to try and have not one empty seat for this incredible legend.
“For him, Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, these players brought the club to another level. They deserve it. The situation is what it is, but David is unique.”
I don’t think there were too many positives for Sean Dyche to take from the game but he found some in his players getting some fitness. He said after this first defeat since January: “We are coming out of a lockdown period and one game against Preston, so the players hadn’t really locked in that many minutes, so we always knew this one would be tough.
“If it was to be, and it was, then it was about the fitness and mentality going into the games coming up, so that’s one thing to take from it. There will be an advantage to coming out of this game, which is increased fitness and sharpness and all the habits that we didn’t show on two goals tonight.”
He added: “It’s just a reminder of what you need in this league, and a harsh reminder. That was a reality night for us. You can come here and it’s never easy. You need to be right on your game and for them to have an off day, and although we worked hard, we weren’t on top of our game and they had a night when they were very clinical.
“It’s been a tough build-up and when players see their mates leaving the club that is difficult, particularly so close to the first game. But that’s the reality of our club and I’ve been manager here for seven and a half years and sometimes these challenges are there. Not always as extreme as tonight, but they’re there, so tonight was always going to be tough, and it was.”
Asked about the incident involving the light aircraft, Dyche said: “It’s completely unacceptable. You don’t want that attributing to a whole town and its people, or to the club. I know the club pretty quickly put out a statement and I can only apologise as manager of the club. It is completely unacceptable and I make that clear and my captain has also made it clear.”Share this page :