MANCHESTER — Manager Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City had enough chances to beat Stoke after being held to a goalless draw at the Etihad on Wednesday.
City had just one shot on target in the Premier League encounter, as a resilient Potters side stopped them from reaching their free-flowing best.
A win for City would have moved them above Tottenham into second place.
“We had our chances and could have scored in the second half, but they
were a good, strong team physically,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“We created enough to win the game, but unfortunately we could not.
“They defended with 10 players back and tried long balls all the time, and
we were not able to overcome that situation.
“But we keep going, in two-and-a-half days we have the (FA Cup quarterfinal) at Middlesbrough and then we go to Monaco (in the Champions League).”
Guardiola made three changes on Wednesday, including leaving key midfielder David Silva on the bench
and attacker Raheem Sterling out of the squad.
Silva was introduced in the second
half and created some of City’s best chances of the game, but Guardiola insisted he did not regret leaving him
out of the starting line-up.
“He’s a special player and gave us
more opportunities in the game to create more chances, but unfortunately we could not win,” said Guardiola.
“I had to make decisions before the game, but we play every three days and that’s why we have to bring in other players to play.” — Agencies