‘Why Is He Like This?’ ‘He Knows Our Defence Wasn’t Up To The Mark’ City Fans React As Guardiola Praises Chelsea

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he always knew that Chelsea would be tough opponents following the 4-4 draw on Sunday evening.

The Cityzens took the lead on three separate occasions but they were unable to secure the three points. Guardiola was, though, keen to praise his rivals after the match:

“I had an opinion before, during and after about how good they are and nothing has changed. Chelsea is Chelsea and they have been one of the best teams of the last 20 years so I couldn’t expect anything different.”

Supporters on X weren’t particularly impressed with Guardiola’s comments, with many feeling that City were very poor defensively:

City were way too open at the back

When you watch the Premier League champions, they usually have an element of control over proceedings, whether they play home or away. That wasn’t the case at the weekend.

It was a very chaotic game. Some of that was down to Chelsea’s tactical setup, where they pressed high and forced City’s players into mistakes. However, Guardiola’s team did not have their usual intensity, leaving big gaps for their opponents to exploit.

A draw at Stamford Bridge is not the end of the world

With two of their title rivals, Arsenal and Liverpool, having also dropped points at the same ground, Guardiola may feel that a draw is not a bad result.

There isn’t much cause for alarm, considering City remain top of the table heading into the international break.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.