Pep Guardiola said he believed the manner of Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal would give his players a big psychological boost.
City trailed to Theo Walcott’s fifth-minute strike before hitting back to take the points thanks to second-half goals from Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.
It was the first time City had come from behind to win in the Premier League this season, with the three points moving them up to second place.
Guardiola told his postmatch news conference: “It means a lot to win against one of the best teams in the Premier League, [with] a good comeback.
“Our performance was quite similar against Chelsea [a 3-1 home defeat on Dec. 3] — but against Chelsea we created more chances. Today we were unlucky they scored the first goal.
“It was a good game, I think we dominated it. The victories give a lot of confidence in the minds of the players in what we are trying to do.”
Guardiola said he had been working on winning second balls after his side struggled in the 4-2 defeat to Leicester City last weekend.
City pinned Arsenal back for long periods by winning the ball back in the Gunners’ half and the City boss said: “It is part of the game here. You have to be compact for the second balls.
“We are not a tall or physical team like most of the teams in England, but you have to be in the right position. Today is a good day. We are second in the Premier League.”
City will drop to third if Liverpool win the Merseryside derby at Everton on Monday night, but Guardiola’s side remain seven points behind leaders Chelsea, who have won their last 11 league games.
“Seven points is a huge distance and [to] a team that can make 11 victories in a row, just say congratulations,” the City boss said.