Pep Guardiola baffled after Manchester City lose Champions League qualifier

Pep Guardiola has bemoaned the error-strewn performance of Manchester City after their Champions League Group F match with Crystal Palace last night. The 20-times English champions lost 1-0 at Selhurst Park, going ahead only…

Pep Guardiola baffled after Manchester City lose Champions League qualifier

Pep Guardiola has bemoaned the error-strewn performance of Manchester City after their Champions League Group F match with Crystal Palace last night.

The 20-times English champions lost 1-0 at Selhurst Park, going ahead only after Yohan Cabaye converted a penalty in the 34th minute.

Pep Guardiola’s preferred left-sided player, Leroy Sane, was making his full debut after recovering from an ankle injury. But he lasted only 35 minutes, being substituted after coming off badly with a knock.

“For me, he was not ready to play 90 minutes. He had a bad head and a bad knock in the back of his ankle,” Guardiola said. “We played well in the first half. The team created a lot of chances, they defended very well and when you do it for 90 minutes you have to win.

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“I think we did it [but] we didn’t win by that much. We played pretty well. I think in the first half we have the opportunity to score four goals – but in the second half, with no chances in the last 15 minutes, we were unlucky.”

Guardiola paid tribute to the impressive form of the Palace manager, Frank de Boer, whose career has seen him work at the Netherlands and Barcelona’s Eredivisie sides. “He’s doing a good job, especially after two months not having training and working very hard. He’s showing his qualities and his knowledge of the game.”

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