Connect with us

Leagues: EPL

Missed chances, not ref, to blame: Guardiola


Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side’s wasteful finishing rather than a contentious refereeing decision was to blame for their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

City were 2-1 up, Dele Alli having hit back for Spurs after goals by Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, when Raheem Sterling appeared to be shoved in the back by Kyle Walker inside the visitors’ box.

The City forward’s tame subsequent shot was easily saved by Hugo Lloris and after referee Andre Marriner waved away the hosts’ penalty appeals, Spurs equalised through Son Heung-Min.

But Guardiola said: “We lost because we missed a lot of chances. When that happens, the influence of the referee is higher. When you score a goal, the referee doesn’t matter.

“In my career, the referee doesn’t matter. But the rules here are the rules so maybe (referees’ chief) Mike Riley one day is going to explain to me when it’s a push here or here or here.

“Still I don’t understand. But again, we lost because we missed chances. When we don’t miss a lot of chances, the referee doesn’t matter.”

Walker, who set up Alli’s 58th-minute header, conceded that he had been guilty of a push on his England colleague Sterling.

“I wasn’t going to get (the ball) otherwise,” he said. “You have to put him off as much as possible.”

But Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino countered that City’s first goal should have been disallowed for handball by Sane, who blocked a headed clearance by Lloris before tapping into an empty net.

“The first goal we conceded was handball,” said the Argentine, who saw his side’s seven-game winning run come to an end.

“We can’t start to see every single detail. In England it’s different. It wasn’t a penalty. From my side, there’s no complaint from me about the referee.”

The result kept City in fifth place in the Premier League table, nine points below leaders Chelsea, who host Hull City on Sunday.

Tottenham remain second, six points behind Chelsea, but they will concede the position to Arsenal if their north London rivals win at home to Burnley on Sunday.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $35/mo. for Sling Blue
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup & MLS
  • Includes USA, NBC, FOX, FS1 + more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Harry

    January 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Credit to Guardiola for not making a big deal of the referee’s blunder that cost City dearly. City were hard done by and the non decision for a City penalty cost them dearly. It was one of the worst referee decisions I have seen in a long time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Leagues: EPL

Translate »