Rico Lewis has emphasised the importance of Manchester City keeping clean sheets as well as scoring lots of goals.
On Saturday City took their goal tally for the week to 13, as a 6-0 FA Cup quarter-final win against Burnley followed up a 7-0 demolition of RB Leipzig earlier in the week.
The win was City’s sixth on the bounce, and after enduring a tough start to 2023, Pep Guardiola’s side are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions.
Erling Haaland has hogged the headlines by scoring nine goals in his last three games, but the fact that City have now kept five consecutive clean sheets has gone under the radar.
Rico Lewis came back into the starting XI at left-back against Burnley, and after the match was keen to point out City’s defensive improvement.
What did Lewis say?
“It’s massive to be able to score that many goals and also keep the clean sheet at the back,” he told CityTV.
“We could be winning games 6-1, 6-2, it still looks good but we’re showing we’re solid at the back and we’re not conceding many chances. It’s always massive to score the first goal to assert the dominance and control. From there we were in control of the whole game.”
It’s been a fairytale season for academy graduate Lewis, who at 18 has already earned the trust of Guardiola in a number of key games.
In November he scored his first senior goal for the club, and on Saturday he admitted that the thought of playing at Wembley for the first time was his main motivation before kick-off.
“That was the main thing I was thinking before the game,” he explained, “getting this game done and won and getting the trip to Wembley. For me, it’s been a dream my whole life to play at the stadium.
“Hopefully we then progress to the final and win something there, that would be the pinnacle for me. Getting there in the first place is massive for me.
“There’s a lot of players, a lot of rotation. It comes with playing in this amazing team. It’s important that any game I play, I take as much as I can, learning from it. Especially going into the international break now, getting minutes in my legs to go play there.”