Pep: Be more ruth­less

Guardi­ola wants City to show killer in­stinct

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

PEP GUARDI­OLA ac­knowl­edged Manch­ester City need to de­velop a more ruth­less in­stinct af­ter they were held to a frus­trat­ing 1-1 draw by Mid­dles­brough.

Guardi­ola’s side made a ma­jor state­ment on the Euro­pean stage when they beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day.

But four days later City looked in­creas­ingly lethar­gic af­ter an im­pres­sive first half at East­lands.

Ser­gio Aguero’s (car­i­ca­ture) 150th City goal gave Guardi­ola’s men the lead at half­time, but the Ar­gentina in­ter­na­tional missed two good sec­ond half chances to add to that tally.

City winger Kevin De Bruyne also put the ball over an un­guarded net and the hosts were made to pay for their profli­gacy in the first minute of stop­page-time when Marten De Roon headed in his first Mid­dles­brough goal from Ge­orge Friend’s cross.

“We need to im­prove in both boxes, both of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive, to score goals and not con­cede,” Guardi­ola said.

“In the sec­ond half, we didn’t play like the first one but I think they had one chance at the be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half, and an­other in the last minute.

“Maybe in the last min­utes, the team can be tired. If we scored the sec­ond goal, the chance for Ser­gio, the game was over. In the last min­utes, any­thing can hap­pen.”

The re­sult means that, for the third suc­ces­sive league match, City have drawn 1-1 af­ter dom­i­nat­ing, hav­ing suf­fered the same fate against Ever­ton and Southamp­ton.

“When you see all three games, we dropped six points, but they ar­rived maybe four or five times in our box,” said Guardi­ola, whose side have sur­ren­dered top spot in the Premier League to Chelsea.

“We at­tacked re­ally well and con­trolled the counter-at­tacks and we cre­ated enough chances, more than enough to win the game.

“But when you ar­rive in the last min­utes, and it is just 1-0, ev­ery­thing can hap­pen.”

Mid­dles­brough man­ager Ai­tor Karanka com­mended the per­for­mance of goal­keeper Vic­tor Valdes, who made a se­ries of saves in the first half to frus­trate City.

Valdes, who won two of his three Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles at Barcelona when Guardi­ola was their man­ager, was in­spired on h i s first re­turn to a city he left when he Pre­ston 16 7 Brent­ford 16 6 Barns­ley 16 6 As­ton Villa 16 4 Ip­swich 16 5 Derby 16 5 QPR 16 5 Bur­ton 16 4 Wolves 16 4 Nottm For­est 16 4 Cardiff 16 4 Wi­gan 16 3 Black­burn 16 3 Rother­ham 16 1

LA LIGA:

(Ty­ton 81-og) (An­done 64), Wil­lian Jose 75-pen)

(San­tos 77-pen), (Viera 90+4-pen) (For­nals 45+2, San­dro Ramirez 65, Michael San­tos 77)

(Viguera 13, Cop 49). PWD F A Pts 10 7 3 28 10 24 10 7 1 30 12 22 11 6 3 25 8 21 10 6 3 18 13 21 10 5 4 17 7 19 11 6 1 18 12 19 11 4 4 21 18 16 10 5 1 15 13 16 11 4 3 17 16 15 11 4 3 16 15 15 10 4 2 16 20 14 11 3 4 11 15 13 10 2 5 13 17 11 10 3 2 11 20 11 10 3 1 14 19 10 11 2 4 8 16 10 10 3 1 9 19 10 11 2 3 10 22 9 11 1 4 12 21 7 11 0 4 9 25 4 Real Madrid Barcelona Atletico Sevilla Vil­lar­real So­ciedad Las Pal­mas Bil­bao Malaga Eibar Celta Vigo Alaves Es­panyol Real Betis Va­len­cia Deportivo Le­ganes Gi­jon Osasuna Granada 2 7 22 20 23 4 6 21 16 22 3 7 27 24 21 9 3 17 16 21 6 5 14 15 21 5 6 12 13 20 5 6 17 22 20 6 6 18 20 18 5 7 19 21 17 4 8 25 30 16 3 9 14 25 15 5 8 14 19 14 4 9 16 25 13 4 11 17 38 7

L0 2 2 1 1 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 6 5 6 6 6 7 (Vela 54-pen,

SERIE A: Pescara 0 Em­poli 4, Chievo 1 Ju­ven­tus 2, Genoa 1 Udi­nese 1, Palermo 1 Mi­lan 2, Sas­suolo 0 Ata­lanta 3, Torino 5 Cagliari 1, Napoli 1 Lazio 1. PWD 12 10 0 12 8 1 11 7 2 12 6 4 12 7 1 12 6 3 Ju­ven­tus AC Mi­lan Roma Lazio Ata­lanta Napoli

L2 3 2 2 4 3 FA Pts 23 9 30 19 15 25 26 12 23 22 13 22 19 13 22 21 13 21 de­parted Manch­ester United at the end of last sea­son. The 34-year-old’s per­for­mance en­sured Mid­dles­brough ex­tended their un­beaten run to three matches, hav­ing drawn at Arse­nal two weeks ago be­fore last Satur­day’s home win over Bournemouth. “Vic­tor is re­ally im­por­tant and I am re­ally pleased for him be­cause his first games were re­ally good and as a keeper you need a lot of con­fi­dence,” Karanka said. “I tried to trans­mit my con­fi­dence to him and he is show­ing how good he is. He is a leader in the dress­ing room, he is re­ally good and he is go­ing to help us a lot. “To­day, Vic­tor made three amaz­ing saves. Against Arse­nal and Bournemouth, he made two or three. “I know when I signed him, he was not the same keeper he was at Barcelona be­cause if he had been at that level, he would not have been here. “He is with us be­cause he had prob­lems in the past (with in­jury) but the main thing for me is to keep him happy. He is an amaz­ing keeper.” – AFP

Torino Fiorentina Genoa Cagliari Chievo Udi­nese In­ter Mi­lan Sam­p­do­ria Bologna Sas­suolo Em­poli Pescara Palermo Cro­tone

12 5 10 4 11 4 12 5 12 4 12 4 11 4 11 4 11 3 12 4 12 2 12 1 12 1 11 1

4 4 4 1 3 3 2 2 4 1 4 4 3 2

3 2 3 6 5 5 5 5 4 7 6 7 8 8

27 16 19 13 10 16 13 11 16 20 29 16 12 14 15 16 19 15 13 14 14 12 16 14 11 15 13 14 22 13 6 13 10 9 20 7 9 23 6 10 21 5

BUN­DESLIGA: (Werner 3, 44, Fors­berg 21) (Bell 74), (Zu­ber 34-og) (Demir­bay 16), (Cal­hanoglu 32, Brandt 56, Aran­guiz 69) (Co­lak 47, Vran­cic 85), (N Mueller 55, 81) (Aubameyang 4, 23, 27, 48, (Boba- Dem­bele 76), dilla 86, Alt­in­top 90), (Gomez 41, 53, Ro­driguez 86), (Ga­ci­novic 5) 33, 84)

PWD Bay­ern 10 7 3 RB Leipzig 10 7 3 Hof­fen­heim 10 5 5 Hertha Ber­lin 10 6 2 Dort­mund 10 5 3 Cologne 10 5 3 Frank­furt 10 5 3 Lev­erkusen 10 5 1 Freiburg 10 5 0 Mainz 10 4 2 M’glad­bach 10 3 3 Augs­burg 10 3 2 Wolfs­burg 10 2 3 Schalke 04 9 2 2 Darm­stadt 10 2 2 Bre­men 9 2 1 In­gol­stadt 04 10 0 2 Ham­burg 10 0 2

L0 0 0 2 2 2 2 4 5 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 8 8

(Kalou 18,

F A Pts 24 6 24 20 7 24 18 11 20 17 10 20 25 12 18 16 7 18 14 8 18 16 15 16 13 16 15 17 18 14 10 15 12 10 14 11 9 13 9 10 11 8 10 20 8 11 24 7 7 21 2 4 23 2

LIGUE 1: Caen 1 Nice 0, Monaco 6 Nancy 0, Angers 1 Lille 0, Bordeaux 2 Lori­ent 1, Di­jon 3 Guingamp 3, Lyon 2 Bas­tia 1, Nantes 1 Toulouse 1, Mont­pel­lier 3 Mar­seille 1.

SCOT­TISH PREMIER­SHIP: Celtic 3 In­ver­ness CT 0, Dundee 2 Mother­well 0, Hearts 2 St John­stone 2, Kil­marnock 0 Hamil­ton 0, Partick 1 Aberdeen 2.

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