WHEN Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola saw his side 10 minutes away from exiting the FA Cup against Cheltenham Town, he had to rely on over £100 million worth of substitutes to turn the tie and give victory to City after a hard-fought contest.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss didn’t take this fixture lightly despite the 72-league placing difference between the two sides.
He said: “I know from my experience when we played Newport 2 years ago and we won in the last minutes of the second half it would be tough, and Wigan knocked us out, so we know the FA Cup and that’s why it is nice that every team can beat anyone.
“We know what can happen all around the world and in Europe when smaller teams can knock bigger ones out and we knew it, but I was very happy with the reaction of the players.
“But it is about our response in 90 minutes - at 1-0, I didn’t have any regrets about the way we were playing or behaving and fortunately the talent from the cross from Joao, the exceptional finish from Gabriel and Phil – the goals were excellent.”
City progress, but Cheltenham can be very proud of their efforts in the game, for 80 minutes they were performing better than the best team in England, a performance most Premier League clubs would be proud of.