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Pep Guardiola praises ‘exceptional’ academy talent after win over Bayern Munich

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said the talent at the club’s academy is “exceptional” after his side beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in Tokyo.

Midfielder James McAtee, 20, opened the scoring in the first half following good work from 18-year-old Rico Lewis.

Mathys Tel equalised for Bayern on 81 minutes before Aymeric Laporte restored City’s lead five minutes later.

“It’s unbelievable – the guys who are in charge and the recruitment,” Guardiola told the club’s website.

“The new generation is coming and they told me it is really good. There are three or four players that are exceptional.”

City secured their second pre-season victory at Japan’s National Stadium in front of another sellout crowd for the Treble winners after they came from behind to defeat Yokohama F Marinos 5-3 at the weekend.

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