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Pep Guardiola praises Manchester City’s ‘incredible’ ground staff, hailing them as ‘men of the match’ for ensuring West Ham game goes despite heavy snowfall at Etihad Stadium

Pep Guardiola has praised Manchester City ground staff after heavy snowfall at Etihad Stadium.

City’s victory over West Ham was played in the snow, with referee Michael Oliver allowing extra time at the break to clear the pitch.

Guardiola, who went to congratulate head gardener Lee Jackson on the sideline, had told his team to take fewer risks, given the conditions.

Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City ground staff as ‘men of the match’ on Sunday

City boss said the ‘unbelievable’ effort from the staff was the reason the West Ham game went down

“I think the goalkeepers – the guys who take care of the pitch – were the men of the game,” Guardiola said.

“They did an incredible job to be able to play the game. When you try to play the same way for six years, you can’t say today that you are going to play in a different way. But you have to adapt. Don’t take any chances. No more short passes.

West Ham boss David Moyes expected the snow to have more of an impact on City than the visitors, but admitted his team are struggling to cope. “The referee did a good job and we all wanted him to play,” Moyes said.

City's 2-1 win over West Ham came in snow, but the game was able to continue

City’s 2-1 win over West Ham came in snow, but the game was able to continue

“I thought it might have affected them more than us. If anything, we’ve lost our focus. The visuals were quite difficult for this period. Real quality is difference and City is bursting with quality.

City have won five straight games in all competitions, but Guardiola has banned the idea of ​​embarking on another long unbeaten streak after reaching 28 last season.

“What we have done in the past is the past,” he added. “The only gift is to celebrate, to recover well and to play against Aston Villa on Wednesday. The rest are fantasies, creating bad thoughts in your mind. Normally, a bad thought in your mind creates big problems in the team.

Referee Michael Oliver also allowed extra time at the break to clear the pitch

Referee Michael Oliver also allowed extra time at the break to clear the pitch

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