Pep: Burnley win was a tall order

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits that his team struggled at times in their 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

The Clarets made it difficult for City and opened the scoring after 14 minutes courtesy of a sweet volley from Dean Marney, but Sergio Aguero bundled in a brace to secure the points.

"It's difficult to defend against long balls," said Guardiola. "Burnley are taller than us and second balls are good. They are so dangerous.

"All Premier League teams do well in this area and we have to improve a little bit the way we deal with those kind of actions – in Spain and Germany, it doesn't happen.

"You cannot press because there are long balls and they are taller than us. They put the ball in the channels, looking for corners and free-kicks. I have to learn what we have to do.

"Some faults are our own fault. We are so satisfied for the points and the performance, especially three days after the Champions League."

Guardiola also spoke of his match-winning Argentine striker, whose two scrappy goals in the 37th and 60th minutes settled the match despite injury doubts prior to kick off.

"They were beautiful goals," Guardiola said in jest. "He is talented. He played very well and moved well.

"From the beginning, he was ready. His body language was really good. Of course, he has the quality to score amazing goals but we need him in the box.

"He played a really good game. It has been a huge week for us. We qualified in the Champions League, and we won at Crystal Palace and Burnley so that's why we're happy. I am still learning but I am in the process."

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