Guardiola explains what impressed him about two Manchester City debutants


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Pep Guardiola has told Liam Delap to stay “calm” after the striker scored on his Manchester City debut. However, the Catalan says he was “delighted” with the teenager’s performance.

The 17-year-old son of former Stoke midfielder Rory Delap got his debut in their Carabao Cup clash with Bournemouth. He opened the scoring 18 minutes into a 2-1 win for the reigning holders of the trophy.

“He’s a different striker to what we have in terms of physicality,” Guardiola said. “We see in training how good a finisher he is. Now he has to be calm and keep working. We are delighted with his performance – he played really well.”

There was also a debut for goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who joined the club from Columbus Crew in 2019.

“Well the goal we conceded was almost unstoppable,” he admitted. “We didn’t defend the shot properly. After, he saved on a counter attack. He was calm, he was safe. He gave a good performance.”


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