Guardiola's decision not to name full bench leaves Gary Neville fuming
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 04, 2018,
Feb 04, 2018, 22:42
A year ago we had two shots on target and we scored two goals. That is not going to happen.
"I just feel we need to try and cut this out of the game - I find it a bit unfair at times". He's an absolutely incredible manager, the work that he has done with this team is unbelievable, and the team performance is absolutely outstanding, it really is.
"We don't dominate too many games with the ball so we've got to keep our shape".
Without a game until Leicester's visit next Saturday - City's longest gap between matches since the November global break - manager Pep Guardiola is giving his squad time off until Wednesday.
With the score 1-0 at the time of the miss after 71 minutes, Sterling could have settled a hard-fought contest, but the Clarets made the most of the reprieve to equalise through Johann Berg Gudmundsson and secure a share of the spoils against City.
Guardiola had surprised many by naming only six substitutes out of a possible seven, his reasoning being that as seven players were ill or injured, he did not have any more.
A critical Neville claimed Guardiola should have used the seventh vacant spot on the bench to blood a youngster.
It seemed odd as the experience gained of mixing with Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne would surely have been invaluable.
That miss would prove costly as Gudmundsson met a cross at the back post and sent his half-volley past Ederson, meaning a third-successive away game in which City have dropped points.
"Not yet. There are 13 games, 39 points to play (for), we have a 15-point lead so it's not over", Pep said.
"Football is about goals".
Being in the Carabao Cup final and still in the FA Cup and Champions League means they could realistically still win the quadruple and they've only lost two games this season, against Liverpool and Shakhtar Donetsk. It is not fraternising with hyperbole to suggest this was as bad a miss as you will see this season or any other season. That was a credit to us. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. "We make a foul, we get a yellow card, I don't know how it's possible sometimes".