Aymeric Laporte

Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte has insisted that the Citizens will respond positively after the World Cup following the disappointing defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of Thomas Frank’s side, with Ivan Toney – fresh after being left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for upcoming tournament – scoring in added-time to secure a famous win for the London side at the Etihad Stadium.

The away side took the lead against the Blues through Toney in the 16th minute, but City attacker Phil Foden levelled proceedings with a stunning finish before the half-time break. However, with Guardiola’s men pushing for a winner late on in the clash, they were caught out on the counter and ended up conceding in the final few moments of the game.

Laporte suffered a head injury in the clash against the Bees, but the Spain international was able to continue after his head was heavily bandaged by the club’s medical staff.

After the match, the 28-year-old took to social media to express his disappointment about the defeat at the Etihad, as well as wishing good luck to everyone involved with the World Cup.

“Gutted to end our home streak like this but our team has the means and the will to turn this around when we come back. Now time to rest and prepare for the World Cup, good luck to everyone involved,” Laporte wrote on Instagram.

City boss Guardiola admitted the better team won on Saturday, but insisted that his side have been ‘exceptional’ in both the Premier League and the Champions League so far this season.

“The best team won, we struggled from the beginning and we couldn’t deal with their long balls. Usually, you press the balls to win it but this was different,” the Spaniard told BT Sport.

He added: “They defended so deep and so well. We didn’t have the dynamic today because we were dictated by long balls that we were losing. The game was so difficult, it was so tight. They did really well in the plan they had and were better.”

The Blues now find themselves five points behind current league-leaders Arsenal in the Premier League table, with the Gunners having defeated Wolves on Saturday night.


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