Guardiola Says Man City Must Improve After Draw with Middlesbrough

تم نشره في Sun 6 November / Nov 2016. 06:48 PM
  • Man City Boss Pep Guardiola during press conference - (Telegraph)

Manchester City must improve in both penalty areas to stop letting valuable Premier League points slip, says manager Pep Guardiola.

City conceded in injury time to draw 1-1 with Middlesbrough, allowing Chelsea to overtake them as league leaders.

They had 71per cent possession and 25 shots to Boro's five, but failed to win for a third consecutive home league game.

"The balance is what we want to see but in the boxes we are not good enough," said Guardiola.

"But do you think it is a problem that we concede two chances a game and create 10? I have no regrets about that."

Sergio Aguero's 150th goal for City put them ahead just before half-time but Marten de Roon exposed the home side's lack of concentration to equalise with a 91st-minute header.

Guardiola's side drew their previous two home league games, against Everton and Southampton, though they did subsequently beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

"When you see those three games, we dropped six points, but what did the opponent do?" said the former Barcelona boss.

"In the three games, they arrived in our box a total of four or five times. Today they had 10 players in the box for 90 minutes."

Guardiola said winger Raheem Sterling and defender Nicolas Otamendi had been rested for Saturday's game.

Sterling, he added, would be available for England's forthcoming matches against Scotland and Spain.