‘The best team in the world’ - Thomas Frank gives his opinion on Manchester City after Brentford win
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It was a game City largely dominated without creating a plethora of chances at the Etihad, although the Bees manager was disappointed to provide the hosts with a helping hand for both goals in the 2-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s men.
After an encouraging opening 40 minutes, a needless foul from Mads Roerslev on Raheem Sterling resulted in City being handed a penalty, which was coolly dispatched by Riyad Mahrez.
In the second period, another mistake - this time from David Raya - again gave City a gilt-edged chances to score. The Brentford goalkeeper’s misplaced pass went straight to Sterling, and although the Spaniard followed up with a save, the ball feel to the feet of Kevin De Bruyne, who slotted it into the back of net.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Frank felt his side did well to limit City’s attacks but was disappointed by the nature of goals they conceded.
“We went to the Etihad against, in my perspective, at this moment in time, the best team in the world,” he told reporters via video link.
“We kept them to a minimum of chances. I think our defensive structure, discipline and mindset were unbelievable. I think the only way they got a goal in the first half was a mistake by us.
“Then second half we did the same. We did very well in all the aspects I have just said and then we made another mistake.
“So it was two big mistakes that led to their goals, and if you want to get something from a game like this you also need to take the half chances you have. For example, Rico [Henry’s] chance.
“I think there are loads of positives to take from this and I think we are one of the teams to keep Manchester City relatively quiet over 90 minutes.”