13 Apr Manchester Metropolis information: Pep Guardiola at odds with Ilkay Gundogan over Tottenham evaluation
The midfielder criticised a closely questioned Manchester Metropolis show in opposition to Spurs however his supervisor supplied a bullish defence
Pep Guardiola caught to his weapons over Manchester Metropolis’s method of their 1-Zero Champions League quarter-final loss to Tottenham.
Ilkay Gundogan advised Sky Deutschland that Metropolis had not been “courageous sufficient” and made too many “easy errors” in a recreation the place Son Heung-min scored the one purpose after 78 minutes.
The midfielder felt it was in step with different “nervous” Champions League shows that imply Metropolis will not be but a “huge team”.
Gundogan began on the base of the midfield alongside Fernandinho, inverting Metropolis’s typical midfield triangle to take a extra managed method to the competition.
It might need paid off had Sergio Aguero not had a first-half penalty saved and, talking forward of Sunday’s Premier League journey to Crystal Palace, Guardiola remained broadly glad with a efficiency he wouldn’t rank alongside among the extra dramatic knockout-stage collapses he and Metropolis have suffered in Europe’s main membership competitors.
“I feel I don’t agree with him, completely not,” he stated. “Once we conceded a purpose, nothing occurred.
“The second half was underneath management besides the primary 5 minutes.
“We have been there many, many occasions. We didn’t create an excessive amount of however we have been there. After we conceded a purpose nothing occurred.
“In different video games, that was fully true. Like in Schalke, the place we have been successful 1-Zero and in 5 minutes we conceded two.
“Our recreation at Tottenham was significantly better than in opposition to Schalke. The distinction is at Schalke, Leroy [Sane] put it within the prime nook type 30 yards and at Tottenham we missed a penalty.
“We reacted fairly effectively in each conditions. After the penalty, Sergio reacted extremely effectively and was mentally robust and the team was steady.”
— Ilkay Gündogan (@IlkayGuendogan) April 10, 2019
Guardiola additionally known as for the efficiency to be considered inside the context of Metropolis’s relentless type over the previous two seasons.
He gained his first Premier League title with a 100-point haul final time period and stays in competition for all 4 main honours this time round, having retained the EFL Cup and reached the ultimate of the FA Cup.
“We now have been unbelievable for the previous 20 months,” Guardiola stated. “We misplaced two video games within the final 23 and the way in which we misplaced … I understand how tough it’s within the Champions League, away at Tottenham and we made a very good efficiency.
“Yesterday I reviewed the sport. Typically once I evaluation the video games I feel I used to be incorrect once I was watching the sport within the second, however I had the identical feeling as when it occurred. We did fairly effectively.”
He added: “It is 20 months of successful each three days. We now have 180 factors in two seasons, with six video games left. I don’t agree with what Ilkay says. I like once they specific what they consider.
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“We considered extra of a low recreation, with extra passes and extra management to assault in the proper second. We did not wish to concede a counter-attack, the place they’re stronger than us.
“We determined to play a unique sort of recreation however, normally, the sport was actually, actually good.
“Sadly, we couldn’t rating a purpose however have a second leg with our followers at dwelling and we’ll be within the semi-finals.”