Guardiola happy with Man City Cup win: Chelsea forced Ortega into superb performance

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was pleased with their Carabao Cup defeat of Chelsea.

City cruised to a 2-0 win on the night.

Guardiola said: “We are really good. Pleased with the result and performance because of how good Chelsea are.

“Julian Alvarez has been an exceptional player from day one. He scores loads of goals.He fights against one of the best strikers in the world. Erling is not fully fit. They can play together. Good players can always play together.

“Stefan Ortega was man of the match. That shows how good Chelsea are. I don’t deny he was perfect. We see him every day, he’s an incredible keeper. He’s an incredible human being. He played three games lately and he’s been exceptional.”

On Kalvin Phillips’ return, he said: “Important. Gareth [Southgate] knows him. That’s important. A lot of days to go until the first game of the World Cup. He’s ready.”

On Rico Lewis, he added: “He played exceptional, 17 years old against Chelsea. The players they have, he played so good. His experience – how to play against Pulisic or Ziyech or Havertz or Mount. Incredible experience. The future will be bright.”