Manchester City drop points only for the fourth time in Burnley draw
Pep Guardiola absolved Raheem Sterling of the blame for Manchester City’s failure to win at Burnley.
Sterling side-footed large in entrance of an open aim in the second half when City was main by means of Danilo’s strike on Saturday. Burnley made the most of the reprieve, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson snatching a 1-1 draw in the 82nd minute as City dropped points for only the fourth time in the English Premier League.
It allowed second-place Manchester United to shut the hole on Guardiola’s facet by beating Huddersfield 2-Zero – however only to 13 points with 12 video games remaining.
“It is football,” Guardiola mentioned. “Next day (Sterling) is going to score a goal. Raheem scored against Southampton in the 96th minute (in a 2-1 win in November). Today he missed one chance. That can happen.”
City’s invincibility is slipping – failing to win its final three away video games, together with Liverpool inflicting its first lack of the marketing campaign. But City has the luxurious of a lead that appears more likely to ship the staff’s third Premier League title since 2012.
“We are sad for the dropped two points, but to come here and play the way we played is almost impossible,” Guardiola mentioned. “We managed the lengthy balls and we made a tremendous buildup. Doing it in Burnley it’s so sophisticated.
“What we have now accomplished right this moment is – wow – one among the finest performances we have now accomplished this season by far. We managed many conditions. That is why I’m optimistic.”
Despite the wealth of expertise, City’s matchday squad was depleted and Guardiola was capable of name only six substitutes.
With John Stones and David Silva this week becoming a member of Fabian Delph, Benjamin Mendy, Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane on the sidelines, City was quick on numbers. Even teenager Lukas Nmecha, just lately added to the first-team squad as cowl, was unavailable.
“We didn’t have any more players,” Guardiola mentioned. “They are injured. I would like to have 18 players, but we had 17. I could have called one of the second team, but we decided they were not going to play.”
City’s breakthrough got here from an uncommon supply in the 22nd minute after Sterling received a nook. The set-piece was taken quick and Kevin De Bruyne discovered Danilo in area exterior the space. The Brazilian picked his spot and delivered an excellent shot past goalkeeper Nick Pope.
City continued to press and Sergio Aguero had an effort blocked earlier than Sterling and De Bruyne shot at the keeper.
Burnley was way more direct than City and made environment friendly use of restricted possession to create a few possibilities. On each events Ben Mee might need accomplished higher as he first compelled a save from Ederson from a lobbed ball into the field and then headed large following a nook.
City seemed to kill off the recreation early in the second half however Burnley’s again line held agency, denying Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan a sight of aim earlier than Sterling fired over. City even seemed to Danilo once more as frustration grew however this time Pope tipped over.
Burnley retained a risk on the break and virtually snatched an equalizer when Aaron Lennon’s thunderous shot was touched onto the put up by Ederson.
That injected extra urgency into City and Sterling ought to have scored when he was picked out in entrance of an open aim by Kyle Walker however in some way he sidefooted large.
Burnley’s protection wouldn’t yield as its attacking risk grew _ culminating in Gudmundsson turning in Matt Lowton’s deep cross.