Guardiola emphasised that the game against Nottingham Forest was difficult

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Pep Guardiola during the match against Nottingham Forest
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Manchester City managed to secure an away win against Nottingham Forest, with Joško Gvardiol scoring the first goal in the 32nd minute and Erling Haaland securing the result with a second goal in the 71st minute just 8 minutes after coming on.

Despite the win, Guardiola’s side struggled throughout the game against the home side, who missed several chances in the game and troubled the defending champions.

Guardiola admitted that it was a tough game for his side and that they were lucky to come away with the win.

“It was more than hard. Such a difficult game but we knew that. The game we played in Brighton feels like a few hours ago so it is always difficult,” Guardiola said to BBC Match of the Day.

“Coming here Liverpool won in the 99th minute, Arsenal won 2-1, so it is always difficult to come here. A difficult game, we suffered a lot but yeah at the end we take it.

“We defended the box really good. Especially with with Manu [Akanji], Nathan [Ake] and Josko [Gvardiol]. Then in the last half an hour when Bernardo [Silva] comes inside with Kova [Kovacic] we controlled the game more. We are a team that survives with the ball. It is a lot of games and we knew today would be difficult for many reasons. But we take the win and move forward.”

Asked how playing after title rivals Arsenal impacted his team, Guardiola said: “The pressure is how you play. if you play good and control the game then people say you don’t feel the pressure, if you play bad people say you feel the pressure.

“In certain moments we suffered. We were lucky today the pitch was so dry, because the chances they missed that was the reason why. We were lucky today that the pitch was in these conditions.”

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