Guardiola pinpoints why Man City struggled to neutralise Leeds strengths

Date published: Saturday 10th April 2021 3:23 - Steve Pearson

Pep Guardiola, Man City manager

Man City boss Pep Guardiola pointed to a lack of control as to why his side surrendered a late counter-attack goal against 10-man Leeds Utd.

Man City slipped to an unlikely defeat against Leeds Utd despite holding a man advantage for an entire half. Stuart Dallas was the star of the show, putting his side in front and notching an injury-time winner either side of Ferran Torres’ equaliser.

Guardiola opted to rotate several of his regular starters with one eye on their return Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund midweek.

The hosts lacked their usual incision throughout, though with a 14-point lead over their nearest challengers, remain on course to regain the Premier League title.

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Speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Guardiola said: “We played a real good game.

“The goal we gave them, in behind, we were solid and make mistakes for a counter attack. We did not control it. We did not create enough for the forwards. It is part of the game.

“In the last 10 minutes they had other chances, they’re fast and can do it.

“When they defend in the way they were you have to stop them running and we did not do that. The best moment we had in the game we make a mistake behind and we tried but could not score.

“We are going to rest and prepare two days for the game in Dortmund and decide on how we are going to play.”

 

Ake explains how Man City faltered

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Man City defender Nathan Ake also spoke to the press, telling BT Sport: “It was frustrating. We knew it would be tough before the game but the manner we conceded the goals were not great. They had the red card so we pushed and pushed and could not score in the second half.

“After the game it is easier to say. We left ourselves maybe a little too open. We pushed so much to get the second goal and they are a very good counter-attacking team.

“The second half how we came out was good. We tried to create. It’s difficult when the whole team is behind the ball. When you get the first back you feel you can push on. We left ourselves open for the counter-attack.

“I think it’s maybe one of those days where we had a lot of chances. When you don’t score obviously it is going to be tough and we need to make sure we close at the back which we didn’t do. We move on and reflect on this. We have a big game on Wednesday.”

 

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