Premier League Man City did not perform at their best level in Chelsea draw – Guardiola

Pep Guardiola said Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea was a reminder of the intense demands of the top-flight title chase and the need for City perform at our best for the full duration of every match.

In what was an incident-packed Etihad clash, City had to fight back after falling behind to Raheem Sterling’s 42nd minute strike.

After a seeing a host of opportunities go begging, the reigning champions finally claimed a deserved leveller seven minutes from time when Rodrigo fired home a powerful 20-yard strike.

Reflecting on the draw – which ended City’s run of 11 straight wins across all competitions and saw them remain in third place in the table – Guardiola said there was much that pleased him but also pointed to the need to perform consistently across the full 90 minutes.

“Well, we don’t perform our level in the first half,” Guardiola reflected, adding: “When you play against teams who have composure and prestige like Chelsea you have to perform at our best for 94, 95 minutes.

“We started to play after conceding a goal. We were not at our best and it can happen in transition. When you aren’t at your best you concede transitions. It happens. But after, we react like we are. And we created a lot, a lot, a lot.

“They have one or two transitions for their quality and ability to keep the ball with incredibly good runners up front. The result is that. We have to perform better in the first half. We have to go there. As a team [and] as a group, the first half was not like we are.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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