Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola says he played Manuel Akanji at left back just to mark out Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.
“It was so difficult to decide. When I saw Akanji play against Coman and Sane [against Bayern Munich] and how defensively strong he was one on one, I decided. Saka is an incredible threat. We needed someone one on one, Manu winning duels,” he said.
He added that his side played a really good game, saying that “concentration, set pieces, defensively, how aggressive we were. We started really well. Considering the opponents we faced, it was a fantastic performance.
On tiredness, he said “Winning helps. Being in the Champions League semis and FA Cup final helps a lot with the tiredness. They are two points in front of us so we’re still not top.
“You have to win the games in hand. We cannot lose our focus. Now it’s in our hands. When it’s in our hands we have to use it.”