'All of you judge' - Pep Guardiola makes Man City prediction after Nottingham Forest win

Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City played 'a thousand times better' last season at Nottingham Forest as they came away with a crucial three points.

City were not at their best on a chilly April afternoon and Forest missed three sitters, but goals from Josko Gvardiol and Erling Haaland helped them to a 2-0 win that keeps their Premier League destiny in their own hands. With four games to go, if City win them all Arsenal will be unable to catch them.

Guardiola was delighted with the victory but wanted to make it plain that it was a game they could have dropped points in as they struggled to match a determined Forest side. Having made it this far in the title race, the Blues know that results matter more than anything else.

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"If you are a quality performance, that means we are who we are, you are closer to winning games. Today was the coin, the game was dangerous," he said.

"During 38 games and the amount of games we have, I knew the games would be like that. They respond well and in that moment of course winning is the most important. But not now, in September, October, November, December and every game we play, the most important thing is the results.

"For us because we live better and because all of you judge results and not performance. But today the performance was not really good. Because they are really good, they play for the Premier League [survival] they have incredible players with [Ola] Aina, with [Callum] Hudson-Odoi, with [Anthony] Elanga. The quality for [Morgan] Gibbs-White. Really good in build up. The physicality always I am impressed.

"Last season, now you are going to give a lot of compliments. If you want to read the newspapers after the game last season we played here, and how difficult it was, we played 1,000 times much better. But they equalise at the end.

"We miss five, six clear chances. This season we were closer to draw than the last season. But today the compliments we show much much character and personality for how Manchester City are the players. I know what's going to happen. Last season was much, much better."