City won the game 3-0, with Gabriel Jesus netting a brace and Conor Coady’s own goal. Wolves defender Willy Boly was shown a straight red card after his crunching tackle on City midfielder Bernardo Silva. With the victory, City cut short the lead to 4 points at the top of the table. City also edged 5 points clear off third-placed Tottenham Hotspur who lost out to Manchester United on Sunday.
Many of City’s regulars like Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Riyadh Mahrez among others were benched from the start. Perhaps having such a deep side full of international stars isn’t always as easy as it seems. Speaking about his decision to bench these players, Guardiola said,
“I have an incredible squad, so if Kevin plays like he deserves to play, maybe [Ilkay] Gundogan doesn’t play – he made maybe six or seven assists in the last two games. He didn’t play today – and both deserve to play,” Guardiola told a news conference.
“But Bernardo [Silva] also deserves to play, what he has done so far, and Fernandinho what he has done against Liverpool. So that’s where he is and we’ve spoken about that. Today one of my favourite players, Phil [Foden], he was in the tribune.
“But there is a lot of games and everybody is going to play. Maybe the next game, new players are going to come in. So they have to be ready, and not only that they have to play good in all the details. Because if they don’t, another one is going to play.
After that, I make a mistake, of course, I am unfair for many, many players and I know that. But today I decided for that and for the fresh players – like Aymeric [Laporte], John [Stones], Bernardo, Fernandinho – so it is what it is.”
Next up for the City is a trip to West Yorkshire where they take on bottom club Huddersfield Town. It should be a comfortable victory for the citizens but Guardiola knows that nothing can be taken for granted.
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