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Pep Guardiola highlights poor finishing, poor defending in Manchester City's loss to Chelsea

Guardiola’s insight on a poor result...

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Manchester City v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reflected on his side’s frustrating defeat to Chelsea.

“I say congratulations to Chelsea, but I’m proud of the way we played, and we cannot forget against which team we played. We created more chances than we did in the games against Crystal Palace and Burnley.

“They had few chances but they scored from them.

“In the boxes we are not strong enough... especially here at home. The opponents, when they arrive they score, when we arrive sometimes not. Mentally, that’s tough.”

The Spaniard has stressed that the missed chances earlier in the match hurt City the most. Kevin De Bruyne’s open-goal miss was a crucial turning point in the match. After that, the Sky Blues were on a downhill path.

City fans will feel extremely hard done by, as the referee made some shocking calls. David Luiz should have been sent off for taking Sergio Agüero down while he was away, and a penalty could be argued in a few instances.

Ultimately, the story would have been significantly different had the home side capitalized on some fantastic opportunities.