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Lawrence Cooper
March 11, 2018

Best Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has offered an insight into how the Premier League leaders are run on and off the field of play.

The evening began positively for Guardiola's side, unbeaten in its last 12 Champions League home matches, when Brazilian Gabriel Jesus put the hosts ahead in the eighth minute.

After the match, Guardiola told reporters: "The first half was quite good but in the second half we forgot to attack, we forgot to play". City failed in the other competitions as well, coming up short in the semi-finals in the FA Cup, the fourth round of the League Cup and the Round of 16 in the Champions League.

"The spirit among the players at the moment is very good and I think it shows, the way we try to play", Lambert said.

It was a rotated City side in all fairness, as Pep Guardiola made six changes to the team that started Sunday's 1-0 win over Chelsea, but having taken the lead they will have expected to win. The second half was really, really poor.

"What is going to happen in the quarter-finals depend on our level in the Premier League and in the Premier League it can help us in the quarter-finals".

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While the Catalan acknowledges the Blues are close to lifting the title, he is keen to stress it is not yet over, and says his players must keep fighting with the same intensity to maintain momentum in Europe. In the second half, with Leroy (Sane), he was the only one who tried to be aggressive and tried to do something.

"I'm pretty sure there are people all around the world in Spain and Catalonia who do not want to be independent, but they are not agreeing with putting people in "prevention" jail".

"We have one more game on Monday and then we have three weeks off".

City could have the Premier League mathematically wrapped up by the time they are next in Champions League action in early April. "At Wigan we lost because we played for 55 minutes with 10 against 11, and we weren't precise enough to score a goal".

"I'm really happy and proud".

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