City's Guardiola left frustrated by 'most British' Burnley

Jessica Allison
February 4, 2018

The 1-1 scoreline does not tell the full picture of a game City dominated but when you let as many chances go begging as Pep Guardiola's side did, you are asking for trouble.

Ederson showed he is just as impressive with his hands as he is with his feet by producing a world-class save from Aaron Lennon, as the hosts sensed their opportunity, but the Brazilian could do nothing as Johann Berg Gudmundsson stole in round the back to fire home from close range with just eight minutes to go.

But, after Raheem Sterling spurned a gilt-edged chance to put the game beyond doubt, the Clarets grew in confidence and earned reward when Gudmundsson turned in Matt Lowton's deep cross.

Despite the result, City is 16 points away from second-placed Manchester United, who will host Huddersfield later today and 19 points from third-placed Chelsea and Liverpool on Day 26 of the league.

But after taking the lead with a attractive strike from Brazilian Danilo in the 22nd minute, they failed to press home their advantage.

Leroy Sane, David Silva, John Stones, Fabian Delph, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy are all absent through injury, but in spite of his enormous squad and even larger academy system, Guardiola has elected to name just six substitutes for the match.

Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan are both picked to play, while Raheem Sterling will support striker Sergio Aguero.

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"The next day he is going to score".

But somehow he missed a chanced which looked easier to score.

City controlled the flow of play from the onset, but for all their pressure they struggled to break down a resilient Burnley defence early on.

So many of Manchester City's goals come from sweeping team moves or intricate play, but Danilo's opener was simply a superb strike. "We can't wait to play in front of our United States fans again".

"We didn't really play with the quality needed in the first half".

The Manchester City forward received a squared ball from Kyle Walker inside the six yard box but incredibly fired wide with the goal gaping.

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