After his team’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, manager Pep Guardiola said that his team’s longest winless streak in the Premier League—six years—is not reason for concern.
While Jack Grealish’s goal in the 81st minute looked to have given champions City the lead, Dejan Kulusevski’s header in the 90th minute condemned City to a third consecutive draw.
Guardiola and his players were also incensed when Grealish went through alone in stoppage time, but play was stopped by referee Simon Hooper for a foul on Erling Haaland during the build-up.
Following a hectic match, City found themselves in third position in the rankings, three points behind of leaders Arsenal and one behind Liverpool. Guardiola, who had lost his temper in the last moments, had also recovered his composure.
In addition to conceding two goals against RB Leipzig in the Champions League midweek, his team has now given up eight goals in their past three Premier League games.
“The performance was quite similar to what we have done lately,” Guardiola told a press conference.
“The people say you’re concerned about goals you concede of course but the chances we concede, no.
“It’s not the first time we are in this situation where we are playing good but results don’t come.”
Of the late controversy, Guardiola refused to blame the decision for his side’s failure to win.
“I make mistakes, the players make mistakes,” Guardiola said.
“It surprised me because when Erling went down if you whistle then it’s fine but when he stands up and continues and the ref made the gesture to play on, then after he makes the pass he stops the game.
“After (Haaland) made the pass he stopped the game. I don’t want to criticise them.
” In the touchline sometimes I lose my mind, my gesture was not proper.
“I would say we didn’t draw for that. They are happy, Tottenham for the point. We are less happy but the performance is similar to what we have done lately.”