Pep Guardiola unhappy on Man City's first-half performance in Chelsea draw

Guardiola’s side will now take on Brentford on Tuesday in the Premier League

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is not happy with the outcome against Chelsea during the crucial Premier League game. It was supposed to be a turning point in the title race. Man City boss criticised their performance in the first half.

Pep Guardiola has highlighted the necessity for Man City to ‘perform at their level’ for the entire 90 minutes. Man City were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea who are already in a struggling phase. It was the second consecutive game for City where they failed to beat Chelsea. Before this season, they beat Chelsea every time following the UCL final loss in 2021.

Chelsea had a dominating first half as Raheem Sterling scored a goal for the Blues. Chelsea were ahead in the game but Man City found an equaliser in the 83rd minute. Rodri rifled home a powerful 20-yard strike to salvage a point against the Blues.

Guardiola told reporters as quoted by “Well, we don’t perform our level in the first half. When you play against teams who have composure and prestige like Chelsea you have to perform at our best for 94, 95 minutes.”

“We started to play after conceding a goal. We were not at our best and it can happen in transition. When you aren’t at your best you concede transitions. It happens. But after, we react like we are. And we created a lot, a lot, a lot.

“They have one or two transitions for their quality and ability to keep the ball with incredibly good runners up front.

“The result is that. We have to perform better in the first half. We have to go there. As a team [and] as a group, the first half was not like we are.”

Manchester City will now take on Brentford on Tuesday in the Premier League. If they win, they will reach second in the table with one point behind Liverpool.

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