The Blues Head Coach seems frustrated with the Club’s defence
The Argentine skipper Aguero seems to have done his possible best to hand over all three points to City but a late lapse from Fernandinho ended up costing City the win at the Etihad Stadium
Pep Guardiola has a team full of goal hunters, but, at the moment, a defence with too many lapses.
The Manchester City manager rarely criticises his defenders but even he couldn’t hide his frustration after there 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday at Etihad Stadium
“We have to avoid the second goal,” Guardiola insisted. “It is a mistake we have done and we have to avoid it.
“In this situation, at 2-1, it is just not allowed that Zaha runs. It’s simple. But we allowed them and we conceded a goal.”
The Eagles had frustrated City for 82 minute with their hard work and team-work but The Blue’s incessant attacking finally told with two instinctive Sergio Aguero strikes.
Manchester City just had to close out injury time but failed and Pep questioned the decision-making of his defence. Full-back Joao Cancelo was caught out of position against Zaha, a player the City boss namechecked as a threat before the game, John Stones allowed him to run into the box at speed, failing to stop his cross, and Fernandinho turned the ball into his own net as he tried to stop Connor Wickham.
“It was a wrong decision and we are going to solve it and improve in that position. We have to,” Guardiola added. “The back four there has to not let them run. In this situation we cannot let them run in this counter-attack.”
The 39th minute strike from C. Tosun take the visitors to the lead of the first half, but the home side later took over with 82nd and 87th minute strike from the Argentina International Sergio Aguero but City failed to secure the full three points with the late Own Goal from Fernandinho sees the game end 2-2 as the both sides going home with one point each.
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Meanwhile, Guardiola has praised his players’ spirit to keep battling in the Premier League even with the title race lost to Liverpool. Recent champions Chelsea and Leicester capitulated when their own challenges disappeared, missing out on Champions League qualification.
“The spirit was there, we tried and we came back and it’s a pity in the end to drop two points in this way,” Guardiola said.
While he may have conceded the Premier League race, City will be determined to put up a serious challenge in the three cup competitions that remain very much alive.
The Champions League will become a priority but Guardiola knows exactly how difficult it is to win. And his side will struggle to overcome Real Madrid in the first hurdle of the knockout stages unless they start improving on a run of two clean sheets in 20 matches.
The 90th minute equaliser from Fernandinho may well have put have a dampener on Guardiola’s birthday celebrations on Saturday night. Now he must ensure that a weak defence doesn’t ruin his season too as he is set to make some amendments in his defence.