Guardiola not amused by common Man City issue – ‘I am not laughing’

Date published: Saturday 13th February 2021 8:04 - Steve Pearson

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola was not amused when attempting to explain what is going wrong from the spot after labelling Rodri’s penalty “not good”.

Man City extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points with a game in hand.

Rodri stepped up to the mark to take the first penalty of his club career to hand his side a 1-0 advantage.

Tottenham resisted until half-time, but the irrepressible Ilkay Gundogan notched another brace to continue his red-hot streak.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Guardiola said: “Well deserved, they hit the post and that can turn the game but the way we wanted to play was there. Tottenham have special quality, we have played well against them in the past and lost 2-0.

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“They don’t need anything to create chances. It is the quality and the approach of their manager. We have a special way to play and we will continue, you have to be patient, patient. Calm.

“The penalty is clear and then the first time we attack in the second half we score, that can happen.

“Is Rodri the taker now? No. I would say I admire the courage to take the penalty but it was not a good penalty. I am not laughing, I am concerned about this. We will have a real specialist to take them with quality. We have to practice.

“When I talk about Ederson and penalties, you see his assist, 60-70 yards, well then he will score from 12 yards!”

 

Rodri explains anger at penalty failures

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Goalscorer Rodri also spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports: “It is not easy to beat this type of team. Tottenham so strong all game but we are so happy with the victory and the three points.

“I was a bit angry the last weeks because we missed many penalties, much more than we expected and big games you have to score penalties.

“I was angry, I grabbed the ball and no one took it from me and fortunately I scored. The win is the most important.

“Goalkeepers know each other, Ederson told me some points about Lloris, I didn’t listen! I was confident in shooting in the way I did.

“We were laughing in the locker room, next penalty for sure I am going to take.

“It is a big step for us but of course it is not over. Many teams can achieve this so we are not expecting anything but to keep going and keep fighting.”

 

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