Pep Guardiola believes a draw was the right result after City’s draw with Chelsea

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes a draw was a fair result following his side’s 4-all draw with Chelsea. The game was an open affair and after 90 minutes the two teams couldn’t be separated. City will now head to the international break top of the Premier League with a one-point lead over Liverpool and Arsenal. The champions will welcome Jurgen Klopp’s side to the Etihad when domestic football returns in a fortnight.

Speaking post-game following the 4-all draw the City manager believed City could have done better but could also have lost the game. Pep said: “Could be better, but could be worse too, so it’s good for the Premier League.”

Pep Guardiola added: “It was a tight game, we had our moments when it was 2-3 in our transitions – not to kill the game, because with 40 minutes left, many things can happen. We had moments and our goal at 3-4 – we were lucky, and we didn’t make perfect decisions, but the quality they have, it is what it is. Right now, it was a fair result – both teams played to win.”

City’s defensive performance at Stamford Bridge was uncharacteristic of Pep Guardiola’s side. The City defence which is usually a strength was unusually leaky. Only Manuel Akanji of the back four performed to the usual high standards Pep Guardiola demands. With Nathan Ake and John Stones both missing from the game due to injury, there weren’t many options available to change anything at the back for Pep.

Despite an off night for several key players, City will be disappointed to concede a late equaliser after Rodri’s late strike had given them a late 4-3 lead. But it wasn’t to be as Chelsea fought back to snatch a point.

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