We didn´t lose! Guardiola hails ´good level´ in Manchester derby
Pep Guardiola believes Manchester Metropolis can mirror upon a “good level” from their 0-0 derby draw in opposition to Manchester United at Previous Trafford.
Metropolis’s defence, the place a resurgent John Stones once more impressed, saved a sixth consecutive clear sheet however the guests did little to impress in assault.
Guardiola acknowledged that uncharacteristic lack of innovative – Sergio Aguero was absent as soon as extra, this time as a result of sickness – is a actuality inside which his group should work at current.
As such, he was happy to maintain United at bay, having been on the dropping finish in three of final season’s 4 crosstown encounters.
“We didn’t lose. Final season we misplaced. We had the possibilities after we might run,” he informed Sky Sports activities.
“In our positional sport we struggled to create possibilities as a result of they’re so sturdy bodily and they’re so quick up entrance. It’s important to watch out.
“We conceded one [chance] from a nook within the first minutes that somebody [Victor Lindelof] flicked and the man [Scott McTominay] didn’t get – they didn’t get anything.
“We created sufficient possibilities, contemplating who we’re proper now. It was level.
“On common we had extra possibilities than them to attain and also you want the fitting response within the last third. We had sufficient to win. The sport was tight and it’s a good level for us.”
PEP We all know we are able to present extra depth however whenever you assault they’ll punish you on the counter, we might like to have extra possibilities.
We’ve to construct from right here. With out spectators it appears to be like prefer it lacks depth however from the touchline I see the gamers combat.
— Manchester Metropolis (@ManCity) December 12, 2020
Metropolis host West Brom on Tuesday earlier than travelling to high-flying Southampton subsequent weekend.
They’ve now dropped 14 factors in 11 video games this season, the identical quantity they surrendered over the course of a record-breaking 100-point marketing campaign in 2017-18.
“If we wrestle to attain objectives we have now to be stable in different departments and all people, how we combat, was good,” Guardiola added.
“We’ve to be a bit sharper up entrance, however we are going to enhance subsequent time.”
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