City manager Pep Guardiola says he is “happy” to be back on the training pitch, after his side were knocked out of the Europa League at the hands of Ajax.
The City boss was in the Dutch capital on Monday, the day after the 2-0 defeat to Ajax in the first leg of their first-leg tie in the Europa Cup final.
“It was very intense, we played the first 45 minutes on the pitch with a very intense atmosphere, it was very good,” Guardiola said.
“I was in good shape.
I thought I could take the responsibility for the team and the performance, so I’m very happy.”
City are second in the Premier League table after nine matches, two points behind leaders Chelsea.
The Dutch side have only one win in their last 13 league games, a 1-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday.
“We are in a good position, we can get in the top two.
I think we have a lot of good players, we have some good strikers and the coach has got a lot to do,” Guardiola added.
“But I think that’s why we are in the position we are.”
“It’s very good to be here.
We have good squad and players.
We have good players that can score goals, can play in different positions. “
We can be very competitive and be very good in the competition.”
“We have good players that can score goals, can play in different positions.
The manager is very positive.
I’m sure he will get the best from them.””
The game was very difficult, but it’s a difficult game for all of us.
We had some chances and we have to be ready to face them.”
They are good teams, we had a good match.
We played a good football and we had some good chances, we were not good in our possession.
“The tie will be played on Saturday, with the winner to advance to the quarter-finals.
City have not won their last five Europa League games.