Man City boss Pep Guardiola makes '7-0' admission after stunning Chelsea Premier League draw

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola has spoken out after his side's stunning 4-4 Premier League draw with Chelsea

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 12/11/2023

- 19:41

Updated: 12/11/2023

- 19:47

It was a match for the ages at Stamford Bridge

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has addressed his side's enthralling 4-4 Premier League draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

The reigning champions led three times during the showdown in west London.

Erling Haaland scored twice, with Manuel Akanji and Rodri also on target.

But Chelsea, who saw Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling and Nicholas Jackson all score, earned a draw at the death following a penalty from former City star Cole Palmer.

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Man City striker Erling Haaland scored twice in frantic Chelsea Premier League draw


Guardiola has now provided his assessment of the match.

And he's admitted that while he'd love to see his side win 7-0, he's content with a point against one of their big rivals.

"It was a good advert and entertaining game for the Premier League and both teams wanted to win," he said.

"I wouldn't have expected differently Chelsea have a fantastic team and players.

"And we know they always play good against fantastic side.

"We took the game [to Chelsea] it was difficult to control and they had quality from Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk.

"The players to dribble and run it was difficult to control the game - they were aggressive."

"We have momentum [during the game] two or three transitions one-on-one which we could not finish, but the game was in the moment at the end.

"A tight game, but a fair result.

"I congratulate the team, we go into the break and we qualify for the Champions League and we come back [after the international break] and go."

On whether he would have preferred a 1-1 result, he added: "It is, what it is.

"I prefer to win 7-0 but it is not happening at that level they [Chelsea] are fantastic team.

"I do not know the average [attempts on goal] but at the end both teams tried to do it and do what they needed to do."

City star Rodri also assessed the result.

And he admitted both himself and his team-mates were tired after throwing a lead away three times in west London.

"We feel a bit exhausted to be honest, with that game with that rhythm," he stated.

"We know how tough it is to come here with the team they built.

"They signed massive players, five, six seven and the level of the team has risen.

"It wasn't our best performance today, we can look more to ourselves, conceding four goals is not normal for us. Sometimes football is like this, but we have to work on the mistakes.

"We played what they wanted to, quick transitions, they are a better team in those situations. They are faster, stronger and we have to play our game and we struggled.


Man City Chelsea Rodri

Man City thought they'd beaten Chelsea when Rodri struck in the closing stages


"Not losing all the balls we lost, having more of the ball, individual performance of us as a team.

"We support each other and move forward. Even though it wasn't the best day, we keep pushing.

"We were close to winning his game a bit disappointed of this fact.

"Big credit fo the opponent they created pressure, we're the rebel winners, everyone wants to beat us.

"We're first in the league so we will be refreshed to come back."

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