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Pep Guardiola bemoans 'lack of aggression' from Manchester City after Leeds loss


Pep Guardiola bemoans ‘lack of aggression’ from Manchester City after champions elect were stunned by 10-man Leeds having ‘not created much’

  • Pep Guardiola blames City’s ‘lack of aggression’ for their downfall against Leeds
  • Stuart Dallas scored two goals to see Man City lose 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday
  • Guardiola claims his City failed to ‘create’ chances but credited ‘fantastic’ Leeds 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has pointed to his side’s ‘lack of aggression’ for their defeat to 10-man Leeds United on Saturday.  

Stuart Dallas put Leeds in front in the first half at the Etihad Stadium, before adding another in stoppage time to rule out Ferran Torres’ equaliser and see City lose 2-1. 

Guardiola claims his City failed to ‘create’ chances but credited Leeds for a ‘fantastic’ performance. 

Pep Guardiola blames Manchester City's 'lack of aggression' for their downfall against Leeds

Pep Guardiola blames Manchester City’s ‘lack of aggression’ for their downfall against Leeds

Speaking after the game, Guardiola said: ’11v11 was tight and we conceded a goal that we could have avoided. We were not aggressive enough in these areas.

‘We were in the final positions but we could not score the goal and after the sending off, we didn’t create enough maybe a little more but we concede another one. 

‘At the end it can happen, a team like this who are fantastic and congratulations. It was not very clear our chances, we could not create much.

‘When I play a game, I think we can win. The guys tried but we couldn’t do it.’

Stuart Dallas scored two goals to see Manchester City lose 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday

Stuart Dallas scored two goals to see Manchester City lose 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday

His second goal (above) came in stoppage time and ruled out Ferran Torres' equaliser

His second goal (above) came in stoppage time and ruled out Ferran Torres’ equaliser

The result will damage Manchester City’s title hopes as Manchester United can cut their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points if they win their games in hand against Tottenham and Burnley.  

Therefore, pressure mounts on City for their remaining fixtures as they must take 11 points from six games to guarantee a third league title in four seasons. 

However, Leeds will be delighted with the result – having claimed three points in their second league game at Etihad Stadium. 

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