Pep Guardiola explains why Man City were unable to beat Aston Villa
Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa, albeit after six games they stay unbeaten
Pep Guardiola attributed an inability to be exact in the last third as the justification for why Manchester City left Villa Park with only a point, as opposed to three, on Saturday.
City headed out to the Midlands to take on a striving Aston Villa side that had lost four of its initial five matches, however were left disappointed as the hosts made City pay for their inefficiency before goal.
City neglected to enroll a shot on track in the main half yet Erling Haaland opened the scoring after half-time as City looked more honed and hungrier. Notwithstanding, any semblance of Haaland, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden neglected to take capitalize on the open doors City made and with 15 minutes left Villa balanced through Leon Bailey.
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It was not equitably a terrible execution from City – a long way from it – however for huge wraps of the game their play missing the mark on common smoothness and clinical edge. Talking after the game Guardiola was genuinely satisfied with his group’s endeavors, yet was baffled by their messy wrapping up.
“Defensively, I like everything. Good game. We conceded just one from one shot on target in 90 minutes.
“Offensively, in the final third, normally players who are so precise missed a lot. We were not precise in our final third touches and our simple things, especially in the first half. We had chances to score a second when the game was in our hands but didn’t.”
Asked whether he thought this Premier League season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive yet after five seasons of City and Liverpool dominance, Pep said he wasn’t surprised.
“Just six games, many games to play, we know it’s always tough, it’s not my first season here, it’s my seventh. Games are tough away and at home.”