Pep Guardiola picked out two of Manchester City’s young defenders for special praise after the holders ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Preston in the EFL Cup.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both got on the scoresheet for City, who had a mixture of experience and youth in their third round tie at Deepdale.
“We made a good solid performance against a team third in the Championship, we played really good.
“I am pleased a lot with Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis at the back, they helped us a lot.
“They combined, they suit each other perfectly and they have played in the academy every weekend. They are exceptional human beings with a good mentality.
“I am very pleased.”