Pep Guardiola hails 'special' Man City trio after dominant Atletico Madrid first-leg win

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Pep Guardiola reserved plenty of special praise for Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish after Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half goal handed Manchester City a vital win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday evening. The Belgian midfielder hit a well-placed effort into the bottom corner with just 20 minutes remaining to wrap up a welcome victory for the hosts, who dominated proceedings over the course of the 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.

Atletico failed to register a single attempt on goal as a result of City’s determination to win the ball back and put up a spirited fight, but finally saw the deadlock broken when De Bruyne scored with a first-time effort to give Diego Simeone’s side a mountain to climb ahead of next week’s second-leg clash.

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