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Pep Guardiola praises Man City youngster after UCL debut, provides Fernandinho contract update

Pep Guardiola praised Man City academy graduate CJ Egan-Riley after his Champions League debut against Sporting, and provided an update on Fernandinho’s future.

City went through to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition thanks to a 0-0 draw in the round of 16 second leg (you can check out our Player Ratings here). They already had one foot in the last eight after thrashing Sporting 5-0 in Lisbon.

City should have taken the lead in the first half when Phil Foden sent Raheem Sterling through with a brilliant pass. The winger attempted to chip Antonio Adan but the Sporting goalkeeper was equal to it.

Gabriel Jesus thought he had bagged his seventh goal of the season with 47 minutes gone. He finished at the near post following some great work from Riyad Mahrez, only for it to be ruled out due to an offside in the build up.

Sporting grew in confidence and showed some threat after Marcus Edwards came off the bench. They almost found a consolation goal in the 76th minute, only to be kept out by substitute keeper Scott Carson.

During a post-match interview with BT Sport (via BBC Sport), Guardiola said: “I am very pleased because in both games we deserved to be in the Champions League quarter-finals.”

The Spaniard gave teenager Egan-Riley his first European start at right-back amid Kyle Walker’s suspension.

Egan-Riley ‘played really good’ – Pep Guardiola

“Egan-Riley played really good and didn’t miss one ball,” Guardiola said. “He is a seven. He is nothing exceptional in anything but that is a good sign as a defender as he doesn’t make mistakes. Scott Carson could play and we gave 45 minutes to the other guys.”

Fernandinho, who is out of contract this summer, was impressive on his 100th UCL appearance. Guardiola provided an update on the midfielder’s future.

“We will see until the end of the season,” he said. “We still have two or three months so we will sit with him and see what is the best decision for the club and for him.”

City are among the favourites to lift the trophy, having reached the final last time around. On their expectations in the competition, Guardiola continued: “It’s a good sign. The…


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