Fearless Bristol earns Guardiola’s praise after League Cup first leg

Fearless Bristol earns Guardiola’s praise after League Cup first leg


Lee Johnsohn says his Bristol City side will keep fighting in the League Cup despite a narrow 2-1 first leg loss to Manchester City on Wednesday morning.

Despite their dominance in 2017-18 so far, the Sky Blues were given a scare by the Championship side and needed second half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero to overturn a 1-0 deficit, after Bobby Reid converted a penalty.

However, Robins manager Johnson claims his players are far from ready to admit defeat in the semi-final tie and after impressing even Pep Guardiola with his tactics, believes they can cause an upset on their home turf in the return fixture.

“It’s not over and everyone needs to know that,” he told reporters after the match.

“You heard our fans tonight and there will be 22,000 at Ashton Gate. It’s only half-time but we’re still in this tie.

“I’m very proud of my team, disappointed with the goal late on, but I thought the boys were magnificent.

“Pep Guardiola said to me we’ve played better than the majority of the Premier League teams that come to Manchester City. We certainly didn’t park the bus.”

Bristol had previously sent the likes of Manchester United and Crystal Palace out of the competition, and Guardiola agreed that his City players will not take any advantage for granted in their second leg visit.

“All credit to Bristol. You can’t knock out four teams from the Premier League without being well-organised and having nice players,” added the City manager.

“It will be tough in Bristol. We lived that against Huddersfield last season, against Wolves, and if we go to Cardiff [in the FA Cup] it will be so tough.

”The Championship is probably the hardest second division in the world because there are 46 matches and play-offs later, so I have a lot of respect. It’s why there are a lot of shocks in the cups.”