Guardiola wants more killer instinct from ‘tired’ Man City

Date published: Saturday 5th November 2016 7:57

Pep Guardiola: Manager wary of opposition threat

Pep Guardiola: Manager wary of opposition threat

Pep Guardiola was left to rue his side’s lack of killer instinct after seeing Middlesbrough grab a late draw at Manchester City.

Marten de Roon headed home in injury time as Boro snatched a 1-1 draw in a Premier League clash dominated by City for most of the previous 90 minutes.

Sergio Aguero had put City ahead with his 150th goal for the club just before the interval but the hosts failed to make the most of numerous other chances.

City registered 18 shots to Boro’s none in the first half alone but their intensity dropped after the break and their midweek Champions League exertions against Barcelona may ultimately have caught up with them.

Manager Guardiola said: “In the second half we didn’t play like in the first half but I didn’t think we played badly.

“I think they had one chance in the beginning of the second half and one in the last minute.

“Like against Everton and Southampton, when you see what the opponents did in all three games at home and we dropped six points, they arrived maybe four or five times in our box. When you play the way we want to play, they had 10 players in the box for 90 minutes.

“We created enough chances, we attacked really well and we controlled the counter-attacks but when you arrive in the last minutes just 1-0, everything can happen.

“If we talk about the performance after a demanding game last Tuesday, how we started, moving the ball right and left, maybe in the last minutes the team can be tired.

“But if we had scored the second goal, the chance for Sergio or Kevin (De Bruyne), the game was over.”

Aguero spurned a fine opportunity to double City’s lead when he shot over with five minutes remaining.

Asked about the Argentinian’s landmark goal in the 43rd minute, Guardiola said: “Big congratulations. It is a huge mark, it is a lot of goals. I only scored 11 in my career!”

Guardiola was unwilling to discuss the tactics of Middlesbrough, who played very defensively in the first half.

Asked if he was impressed by Boro’s gameplan, he said: “No I am not… I am not here to talk about the performance of my opponents. (Aitor Karanka) is their coach and knows better than me how they want to play.”

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