Guardiola reacts to Fernandinho’s late red in City victory

Date published: Saturday 26th October 2019 3:14 - Joe Williams

Pep Guardiola Fernandinho Manchester City

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must try to make better decisions in certain situations after Fernandinho was sent off late on in their 3-0 victory over Aston Villa.

The champions endured a frustrating opening period but Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock at the Etihad Stadium with his 17th goal in 18 appearances for club and country this season after the break.

Kevin De Bruyne claimed a controversial second following a lengthy VAR check and Ilkay Gundogan wrapped up victory soon after but a late red card for Fernandinho blotted City’s afternoon.

Yet City still finished strongly with Gabriel Jesus hitting the bar in injury time. Villa, following a similar game plan to that which Wolves succeeded with at the same venue earlier this month, did cause problems but faded later in the game.

Guardiola told BT Sport: “After the first half we corrected something, sometimes it happened but the second half was good.”

On Fernandinho’s red card: “Sometimes when you have a lot of problems more problems come in the same position. It happened with Phil Foden on Tuesday. Football is about taking the right decisions in the right moment, but it can happen.”


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