Manchester City manager Josep Guardiola reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 17, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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Pep Guardiola makes honest Man City admission following Chelsea draw

Pep Guardiola admitted his Manchester City side were not good enough in the opening half of their draw with Chelsea on Saturday evening. 

Raheem Sterling returned to haunt his former club at Eastlands, scoring the opener just before the break.

Man City were wasteful in front of goal, taking 31 shots on the night, while Erling Haaland uncharacteristically missed three big chances.

 

It was left up to Rodri to find the back of the net late on to ensure the hosts took at least a point from the game, but Guardiola wants to see his team be more clinical.

“It was a good game,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Second half was much better than first. First half we were not in the right rhythm and second half we increase everything and it was a really good performance but we could not win.

“We played good and had a lot of chances. It should be on target because we were so close but it is what it is. To play against that level of team you have to play for 94 minutes. Today that did not happen.

“I always am positive but after we create that amount of chances after the goal so the team did everything and it’s enough.”

The result leaves Man City third in the Premier League and four points off leaders Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand.

The champions play their rescheduled match with Brentford at home on Tuesday before travelling to Bournemouth next Saturday.

“[We] continue on Tuesday,” Guardiola said. “No one [else] plays because we were in Saudi Arabia to win the Club World Championship in there, [and we] try to recover and play a good game.”

Read – Man City draw fills Chelsea with confidence ahead of Liverpool clash

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