Pep Guardiola applauded the patience demonstrated by Manchester City during their 2-0 victory over Brentford on Wednesday.
The runaway Premier League leaders moved 12 points clear at the summit thanks to goals from Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne at the Etihad Stadium.
However, Guardiola’s side were made to work hard for their 10th successive home win in all competitions.
Indeed, they found it difficult to break down a stubborn Brentford despite enjoying over three-quarters of the possession and registering 15 shots.
Nevertheless, Guardiola was pleased by the resilience of his players, who took their points tally for the campaign to 60 with 14 matches remaining.
“[Brentford] are so difficult to attack; aggressive, high pressing. We build up; they drop and defend so deep,” he told reporters after the match.
“[We had to] be patient, make no mistakes and in the end we got the result.
“[I am] very satisfied with the performance. We conceded two shots [on target], a few corners and were patient. [It is] difficult when they defend deep with 10 players in their 18-yard box.
“It is impressive at this stage to have 60 points – we have done incredibly well so far.”
Raheem Sterling also praised City’s persistence as they completed the league double over the Bees for the first time since the 1936-37 season, when they collected their maiden top-flight crown.
“They defended well, they’re a tight unit. We had to keep going, probing the ball and finding the gaps, and we did,” the England forward added.
“They made it really difficult; the game at their place was really difficult too. They were hard to break down. We stuck to it and got two goals.”
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