“A pity” — Guardiola rues Man City draw, opening door to first

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“We did absolutely everything to win the game, controlled the game and in the last minute we concede a goal,” Pep Guardiola said after Manchester City conceded a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw versus visiting Middlesbrough on Saturday.

“It is a pity.”

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Guardiola said the loss wasn’t down to overlooking Boro, or feeling too high after clobbering Barcelona and Sunderland.

And while it’s very early, he laments giving Arsenal, Liverpool, and Chelsea the chance to pass them atop the Premier League table.

From the BBC:

“When you miss you have to accept that, but the league is still long. It is a miss because we have dropped six points in the last three home games but we are still there. We have to move forward.”

City’s next two PL matches are against struggling Crystal Palace and newly-promoted Burnley, but the matches are sandwiched around an important Champions League group stage match against Borussia Monchengladbach.

That’s a lot to plan for, especially with the uncertainty that comes with players heading out on international break. Keep an eye on City during this tricky period under Pep.