Pep Guardiola and Manchester City beat Newport 4-1 in the fifth round of the FA Cup, thanks to second half goals from Leroy Sane, a brace from Phil Foden and a fourth from Rihad Mahrez.
The fixture saw a return to the starting lineup for Rihad Mahrez, after Guardiola had apologized to the winger for his treatment so far. The manager was happy to have seen off yet an opponent, and keep their dreams of a quadruple of trophies for the season alive.
The first half of the fixture between Man City and Newport finished surprisingly goalless, but the visitors upped their game in the second, and grabbed four goals, separated by Padraig Amond’s strike for the home side in the 88th minute, before two late goals from Foden and Mahrez crowned the victory for the citizens.
Speaking to BTSport after the fixture, Pep Guardiola admitted it to have been a tough match, but praised his sides second half display and the amazing home crowd, saying he now realises “English football” better.
“It was a really tough game, we opened the scoring in the game and believed it was done and then they scored. Phil [Foden] scored a fantastic goal. They showed us how incredible they are and a big compliment for them.” He said
“The first 20 minutes were difficult from throwing and long balls and they are much better than us in those situations but in the last 20 minutes we put the game into our hands and the goals help us to win the games.
“The home crowd was amazing, winning here, I realise English football today better than ever and how tough the cup is in these conditions. They use their points where they are better than us. That is why I am so delighted with how we have played here today.
“We are in 4 competitions – every game is completely different. You play League Two then Champions League. You have to adapt and change mentality and that means a lot to grow like as a team and the big mistake is believing you are better than anyone.
“It is a mistake, like United are praised and better than PSG, but you see what happened. You have to be calm and prepare well.”