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Guardiola makes Liverpool and Arsenal excuse after Chelsea draw

Guardiola makes Liverpool and Arsenal excuse after Chelsea draw

Pep Guardiola responded to claims that Manchester City lost two points in their thrilling 4-4 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.

He countered by highlighting the difficulties Liverpool and Arsenal faced against Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

The match in west London ended in a memorable tie, and City missed out on a victory as Cole Palmer’s stoppage-time penalty denied them the full three points.

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City held the lead three times during the match, yet were consistently equalized by Chelsea each time. Despite securing a point, City maintains their position at the top of the table as they head into the international break.

While the reigning Premier League champions were expected to secure a victory against Chelsea, who have faced challenges in finding their rhythm this season, Pochettino has effectively instilled resilience in his team.

They have showcased commendable performances against other top Premier League teams, including Liverpool, Arsenal, and Tottenham.

Chelsea has faced difficulties in performing consistently against teams lower down the table.

However, Guardiola contends that their results against Liverpool and Arsenal serve as evidence that Pochettino has guided them in the right direction.

“They are so dangerous, they are a really good team,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “Liverpool could not win, Arsenal… they were much, much better than Arsenal and then at the end Arsenal draw.

“It’s Chelsea away and the people believe so I’m not going to say what Chelsea have done to do what they are right now as a team. It’s getting better, the teams they play they good. They have physicality, they have talent, they have speed, they have bench, they have a lot of things.

“So Chelsea have built what they have done and decided to do for the next few years. Important that we go into the international break top of the league. I didn’t expect it after the Arsenal game when we lost.

“We’ve qualified for the Champions League [knockout phase] and we’re top of the league and where we come from, wow that is really, really good.”

City’s initial match following the international break is against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, with only one point dividing the two teams at the summit of the table.

Notably, Liverpool has not secured an away league victory against City since November 2015, just a few weeks after Jurgen Klopp assumed the managerial role at Anfield.

Guardiola makes Liverpool and Arsenal excuse after Chelsea draw

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