●● PEP Guardiola claimed his City players demonstrated their Mancunian spirit to earn a draw against Everton – but admitted he was haunted by memories of last season as two points went begging at home.
City dominated against Ronald Koeman’s side – despite going down to 10 men just before half-time when Kyle Walker was sent off for two bookable offences.
Substitute Raheem Sterling earned a point with his late volley after Wayne Rooney had fired Everton into a first-half lead against the run of the play.
While Guardiola hailed his side’s fighting qualities, he was left frustrated as his team failed to capitalise on their superiority.
“Nobody can say we didn’t try,” said the City manager. “But like always we analyse about the result.
“It was good because they fight, but we didn’t win. We never give up and showed the spirit of the Mancunians.”
Rooney’s goal came after David Silva had struck the post for City, while Sergio Aguero also had an effort cleared off the line.
Guardiola added: “We are here for the results to win games. We didn’t win, but we made everything to win.
“I prefer to win the game but we were not able. It was similar to a lot of games last season.
“It’s sad because we want to start good at home, but we were not able.
“We had a lot of chances again.
“The result was not good enough.
“We create chances before the goal – three or four. We tried to find the way to attack them and we did. They arrived once and scored a goal and that can happen.
“In Brighton they arrived once in one corner, they have a chance and we were out.
“Today they have a chance, so our average is good in the amount of opportunities on target or close to target.
“What we can do is try to create chances. Maybe one day we will change.
“But in our box it was perfect – they arrived once, but we will improve.”
City players and Pep Guardiola are left stunned as Kyle Walker is sent off for a second bookable offence