Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, a keen golf fan, says his Premier League champions' teamwork reminded him of something from the Ryder Cup as they enjoyed their biggest win of the season at Chelsea.
"Today we played for each other, ran for each other and passed the ball for each other. Now I'm watching the Ryder Cup and I'm seeing how they play for each other. That is nice when you play football too," the Spaniard said after City's 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
"It's just three points, but the way we played was so good."
For City it was the perfect boost ahead of their midweek Champions League clash with Paris St Germain.
"It's a good way to start this fascinating week that we have ahead of us," said Guardiola, who became City's most successful manager in terms of wins.
The Spaniard began the game level with Les McDowall on 220 victories but edged ahead thanks to Gabriel Jesus's 53rd-minute winner.
McDowall managed City for 592 games, while Guardiola, who has won the Premier League title three times since arriving five years ago, has overseen just 303 matches.
"I'm so proud. We've done it at Stamford Bridge at the last Champions League winner. We've been magnificent together. It makes me proud, a little bit for myself but especially for the club," Guardiola said.
Guardiola hailed Jesus for handling some rough treatment from Chelsea's defence before responding in the ideal way, with the winning goal.
"Gabriel is one person or player who deserves the very best," said Guardiola.
"He's a guy who runs and works for everyone, and every time he scores I'm happiest man. He can play up front in all three positions and he does them all very well.
"We know from the past how aggressive Chelsea are in the duels. But you have to handle that, at this level.
"And Gabriel, he went down, but he got up - and got up to try again.
"And that's why he's one of the best signings we have made in this period together at City."
But Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted his Chelsea side had simply not been good enough as their unbeaten start to the season ended.
"We lost the game and City deserved to win. Until the goal we were very strong in the last 20 metres of the field, but only there unfortunately," Tuchel said.
"Everywhere else, we were not good enough to relieve pressure and to hurt them. The performance was not complex enough."
Australian Associated Press