Pep Guardiola hailed the impact of Vincent Kompany and Gabriel Jesus after they helped Manchester City into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Kompany played his first full game of the season while striker Jesus, 19, made his first start for the club after completing his £27 million move from Palmeiras.
City captain Kompany has been plagued by injuries for the past two-and-a-half seasons but came through his first start in two months without any problems.
“We are all so happy for Vincent. He’s had a long time away and he played 90 minutes today with no injuries,” Guardiola told a news conference.
“Now he can go forward with confidence and we have another player for the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League which is very important because the games will come thick and fast now.”
Jesus twice went close to scoring his first goal for the club but a first half strike was saved by Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey and he slipped in the second half with the goal at his mercy.
But he set up the opener for Raheem Sterling with an exquisite pass and Guardiola was delighted with the Brazilian forward’s contribution.
“He helped us a lot, he’s so aggressive,” Guardiola said. “It was his first game so it was not easy for him to communicate — he doesn’t speak English.
“He makes a lot of movements, his first pass for the first goal was outstanding. We can’t forget we played with three strikers [Jesus, Leroy Sane and Sterling] who are so, so young — it’s the future of Manchester City and all those three played really good.”
Sane added a 71st-minute second — his third goal in his last three appearances — before Yaya Toure wrapped up an emphatic victory with a brilliant free kick in injury time to send City into the fifth round.
“We’re in the next round which we are pleased about,” added Guardiola. “The cup is always complicated in a way because we started well but then had a difficult 15 minutes until we scored the first goal.
“We didn’t take some of our early chances but that’s been happening all season. The important thing is we created a lot of chances, did score three goals and also kept a clean sheet.
“While it’s good to have a clean sheet because of the goals we’ve conceded lately, it is also important to score goals, which we did.
“After we went 2-0 up, it was much easier for us. We can play better but I’m happy and David [Silva] was amazing the way he kept waiting and waiting for the right moment before playing in Leroy — and Yaya, with his quality, scoring the third — he is an exceptional player.”