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Sunday 13 October 2019

Pep: We'll learn from pen loss

Aymeric Laporte
Aymeric Laporte

Pep Guardiola expects Manchester City to learn from their failure to break down a stubborn Wolves in their pre-season clash in China.

The domestic treble winners were beaten on penalties in the Premier League Asia Trophy final after a goalless 90 minutes in Shanghai on Saturday.

The City boss is not concerned about the result but admits the game highlighted areas to work on.

Asked if the defeat meant anything, Guardiola said: "I don't think so. If we are going to lose in the future it will not be because we lost on penalties in this competition. We played incredibly well in the first half. Wolves defended so well and deep and it's not easy to create chances, but we created and we didn't concede one counter- attack in that first half and the first 15 minutes of the second.

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

''We will learn from that. We realise how difficult everything is and we are satisfied, especially with the way we played."

City begin their 2019-20 campaign against Champions League winners Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 4.

They have two more friendlies to prepare for that as their pre-season tour of Asia continues this week with games against Kitchee FC in Hong Kong on Wednesday and at Yokohama F Marinos on Saturday.

Defender Aymeric Laporte said: "We came here to prepare for the season. We have to keep working to be ready, that's the most important thing.

"We made a good job but the result obviously wasn't good."

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