Pep Guardiola watched his Manchester side draw with Crystal Palace as they lost points in the title race and the Catalan side had a frank discussion with Vicente Guaita after the opening whistle.
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Pep Guardiola was engaged in a heated discussion with Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita after City of Manchester drop on Monday night.
The champions were held to a draw at Selhurst Park, which further opens the door for Liverpool to close the gap.
City dominated the ball but could not concede the Eagles when Bernardo Silva had many passes.
Guaita was called in when his team was down in space, making excellent saves against the likes of Riyad Mahrez.
After the final whistle, Guardiola entered the field and had words with the Palace goalkeeper.
It looked like an exchange of affection but the Catalan has now revealed that he is praising the saver for his efforts.
“I congratulate him for his incredible effort and saves. He played a great game,” he said.
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Guardiola decided not to make a single change throughout the game, leaving the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling on the bench.
City had 18 attempts to score, but only four of them were on target as they endured a nasty night that could have a major impact on the title race.
However, Guardiola was full of praise for the team’s performance and supported his decision to stick with his starting line-up the entire time.
“We played a really good game. In 90 minutes we conceded a little bit, but the way we played was really good,” he said. BBC Sport.
“Luck doesn’t exist in football. We had to score and we didn’t. We played to score and concede little. We struggled a bit.
“The players played well, that’s why I didn’t change. We didn’t score, it was a mistake.
“The team with today has been there before and will be there in the next game. I am very pleased with the performance and the way we played.”
Liverpool could come close to a point if they win at Arsenal on Wednesday night. Expect the two titles to be off in a few weeks when they meet at the Etihad on April 10.
Bernardo said after Palace’s stalemate: “It was a tough game, we played really well, we controlled the game out once or twice.
“We couldn’t score and we should have scored. Nine games left, but it’s still better in our position than in Liverpool’s position and they have to play in our stadium. me so it will be very interesting.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/pep-guardiola-guaita-man-city-26468996 Pep Guardiola detailed comments on Vicente Guaita in heated controversy after Man City slipped