Guardiola explains why Man City couldn’t beat Chelsea

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Pep Guardiola has blamed ill luck, and a poor first half performance for Manchester City’s inability to beat Chelsea at home on Saturday evening.

Chelsea were held 1-1 by the reigning champions, after Raheem Sterling’s opener was cancelled out by Rodri, albeit late in the game.

City are now two points behind Arsenal, and four points behind league leaders, Liverpool, after playing a game less.

Speaking after the match, Pep Guardiola said: “It was a good game. Second half was much better than first. First half we were not in the right rhythm and second half we increase everything and it was a really good performance but we could not win.

“We played good and had a lot of chances. It should be on target because we were so close but it is what it is. To play against that level of team you have to play for 94 minutes. Today that did not happen.

“I always am positive but after we create that amount of chances after the goal so the team did everything and it’s enough.

“[We] continue on Tuesday. No one [else] plays because we were in Saudi Arabia to win the Club World Championship in there, [and we] try to recover and play a good game.”