08 Dec 2019, 05:16 IST
Pep Guardiola conceded Manchester Metropolis couldn’t stay with the tempo of Manchester United’s attacking gamers in Saturday’s 2-1 derby defeat.
Guests United continuously uncovered their opponents on the counter on the Etihad Stadium, serving to them transfer right into a two-goal lead contained in the opening half-hour.
Marcus Rashford received after which transformed a penalty earlier than Anthony Martial fired in a second after being picked out by Daniel James.
Guardiola talked up United’s counter-attacking risk on the eve of the match, however the Metropolis head coach has admitted his facet in the end had no reply to the trio.
“I like how my crew performed,” he stated at his post-match information convention. “We conceded a bit of bit extra space – no more than common, however greater than final yr towards United.
32 – That is Pep Guardiola’s worst factors return after the primary 16 matches of a top-flight season in his managerial profession (32 pts). Sluggish. pic.twitter.com/Wvd8Uqzlzy
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“We knew concerning the tempo they’ve, with James, Martial and Rashford, however typically it’s not potential to regulate it.”
Nicolas Otamendi pulled a aim again for Metropolis 5 minutes from the tip, however there was to be no comeback for the reigning champions as their title hopes had been dealt one other blow.
“Usually, we did what we like,” Guardiola added. “We arrived within the remaining third many, many, many, many occasions.
“Sadly, we could not end a bit of bit extra, however I like to look at my crew. I do know no person agrees however I prefer it.”
Can’t beat a derby win. Stood as much as EVERYTHING thrown at us & received what we deserved.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) December 7, 2019
Third-place Metropolis are actually 14 factors adrift of leaders Liverpool, who beat Bournemouth 3-Zero earlier on Saturday, and journey to Arsenal for his or her subsequent league outing.
The house loss means Guardiola has the bottom factors tally after 16 video games of a season in his senior teaching profession, however he’s not stunned by the drop-off in kind since final time period.
“Typically it occurs,” he added. “Typically you do not win and the others are higher and also you lose. Regular will not be profitable the league at all times, typically you lose.
“It will be important not to surrender and attempt to do what we do as a crew. All of the video games we play a season we play the sport I would like my crew to play.
“After that, the counter-attacks, the ultimate third, after we wrestle in some departments okay, it is a part of the method. Perhaps subsequent season we will likely be higher.”
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