What Guardiola said after losing Premier League Asia Trophy final to Wolves

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Premier League Asia Trophy final

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is not worried about the defeat to Wolves on penalties,as his side lost the Premier League Asia Trophy final.

The manager was asked if the result worried him,but his response came with; “I don’t think so.

”Sometimes it is good to lose against the Premier League teams in that period [pre-season] but honestly I don’t think so.

“If we are going to lose in the future it will not be because today we lost on penalties in this competition. That is my feeling but everything can happen in sport.”

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“They played incredibly well in the first half,” he said. “Wolves defended so well and deep with a low block.

“It’s not easy to create chances and we created and we didn’t concede one counter-attack in that first half and the second first 15 minutes.

“Everybody, not just the young players, made a good performance.

“We [can] learn from that. We realise how difficult everything is and we are satisfied, especially with the way we played.”

Injuries restricted De Bruyne to 11 Premier League starts last term with Guardiola hoping the Belgium playmaker can stay fit in 2019/20.

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“Unfortunately last season we missed him a lot,” he said.

“We did incredibly well without him but we are stronger with him.

“Hopefully he can reach his level. He is very positive in his mind. He made an incredible first half, really good.

“He’s a guy who likes to play football – a huge competitor. He never loses confidence in himself.”

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