The Spain playmaker, who scored the late victor in the Premier League leaders' victory over West Ham on Sunday, is being rested for the Group F game in Kharkiv. You get results in football in different ways, and it looked as though we may have got one in a different way today. "We played against a really good side and I thought for long periods we frustrated them".
He made a decision to remain in the Premier League and joined West Ham ahead of this season.
He combated West Ham's defensive strategy by replacing Danilo for striker Gabriel Jesus at half-time, and switching his system from 4-3-3 to 4-2-4, with the Brazilian alongside Sergio Aguero up front and Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane operating on the wings.
He said that he learned to attack differently than usual. 'We started really well but we lost our patience, ' Pep told the BBC.
"After that he's trying, but he gave minutes in the last two games, he's ready...but it's not easy for him with 10 players there [in the box], there's nearly no space". We didn't have any rhythm because (West Ham goalkeeper) Adrian was taking 30 seconds every time (with the ball). "It showed what we are".
Guardiola felt the change worked and plans to use it again against teams who defend deeply. Kevin de Bruyne playing as the holding midfielder gave us the tempo.
"I would like [if] Paul could play against us - I like to face the team with the best players possible". Most of their shots were from outside the box and we filled the box and made it hard for them to score. It's complicated for us, and they obviously hold the game, and try to take advantage from a set piece.
Angelo Ogbonna's opener for West Ham came directly from a corner, as did the goal that City conceded against Huddersfield last week, while Southampton troubled them from set pieces during the week.