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I knew team would bounce back: Pep



Response: Pep Guardiola

Response: Pep Guardiola

Response: Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola insists he had no doubts his Manchester City players would respond after last week's surprise defeat at Norwich.

The back-to-back Premier League champions were stunned by the promoted Canaries at Carrow Road but bounced back by sweeping aside Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in their Champions League opener in Ukraine.

"After what happened in the last (three) years, I didn't have doubts," said the City manager, whose side host struggling Watford on Saturday. "The result was good but the performance was even better.

"Of course we can lose. We know before every game we can lose, even tomorrow. We have to have that feeling.

"But when we lose one Premier League game in eight months, why should we have doubts? But I didn't have doubts what the reaction of the team would be."

City, who trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by five points, will hope to get back to winning ways in the league when they host Watford at the Etihad Stadium.

• BOURNEMOUTH enjoyed a 3-1 victory away to Southampton at the St Mary's Stadium last night.

Bournemouth went ahead in the 10th minute thanks to a header from Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson extended their lead in the 35th minute. The Saints pulled one back in the 53rd minute when James Ward-Prowse netted from the penalty spot before Callum Wkilson grabbed a third for Bournemouth.

Belfast Telegraph