Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola had a candid exchange of views with Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita after his side fell short in the Premier League title race.
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City concentrated on 18 shots but only four of these were tested by Guiata, who played a key role in Palace’s clean sheet with calm decision-making as the visitors ramped up pressure in the second half.
Guardiola can understand the frustration of taking charge at full-time because the stalemate means champions win Liverpool only four points behind with a game in hand, namely the clash with Arsenal on Wednesday night.
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The Sky Blues boss was confronted by Guaita as the teams shook hands and was seen gesturing definitively towards his Spanish compatriot, although the subject of their conversation could not be heard.
Despite the heated exchange with the saver and the disappointing result, Guardiola insisted he was “very pleased” with the team’s performance in his post-match interview.
“We played a really good game. In 90 minutes we conceded a little bit, but the way we played was really good,” said Guardiola. 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.”
Even as City managed to find the opening goal, Guardiola left strikers Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus on the bench.
In contrast, Palace manager Patrick Vieira has launched forwards Jordan Ayew and Odsonne Edouard – and he insists his side can take all three points.
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The Frenchman said: “When you play against Man City you have to concede a goal. It’s all down to your luck of the day but also to book a change as a team. We did the thing. We fought for luck and we got a point. We were satisfied with the performance.
“[I was happy with] how we manage the game. We defended well as a team. At times during the season, we struggled through difficult periods. But today we are attached to each other.
“We had some chances. It’s a feeling when you can score a goal and win 1-0. I’m happy with a draw.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/guardiola-man-city-title-race-26467670 Pep Guardiola had a hot exchange with Vicente Guaita after Man City suffered a title blow