Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola has praised his players following their Community Shield win over Chelsea on Sunday.
After having avoided physical training for a week in preparation for the game at Wembley, Guardiola was delighted with the performance.
“Kyle Walker trained just two training sessions,” the Spaniard said. “It’s complicated for all of them but they are such competitive guys.
“They are my pride. Hats off (to them) because it is not easy to play with such a short time (to prepare).
“We worked just four or five days thinking about the final. We prepared for the final.
“We knew a little bit from Napoli last season what Maurizio could do. We saw the games against Perth, Inter and Arsenal and we tried to figure out what we can do with and without the ball.
“We would like to be more intense in the pressing, but it was impossible because the players were absolutely exhausted. In the second half they felt a little bit comfortable.
“Of course, winning 2-0, it was easier. In general, we made a good, good performance.”
He continued: “I didn’t expect that level in that period after a short, short training session, like from Fernandinho, Sergio – most of them.
“I appreciate – thank you so much – the players who came back earlier, like Bernardo (Silva), like Vinny (Kompany).
“Bernardo Silva played an incredible performance today. I am so satisfied.”