Pep Guardiola backs Sergio Aguero after shocking Panenka penalty miss … and insists Manchester City ‘will learn from Chelsea defeat before Champions League final’
- Pep Guardiola has backed forward Sergio Aguero after his terrible penalty miss
- Agüero failed with a Panenka against Chelsea and Manchester City lost 2-1
- Guardiola said his team will learn from the loss to the Champions League final
Pep Guardiola insisted he still supports striker Sergio Aguero after the Argentinian’s terrible Panenka penalty in Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
City dominated the first half and was in charge via a Raheem Sterling goal when Aguero inexplicably attempted a Panenka when he took a penalty just before half time that might have put the draw past Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Instead, the ball hit goalkeeper Edouard Mendy harmlessly and Chelsea eventually won the game thanks to goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso.
Pep Guardiola has backed Sergio Aguero despite his Panenka penalty miss against Chelsea
Just before half time Aguero tried to mislead goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with a Panenka penalty
City were leading 1-0 at the time and Aguero’s penalty could have put the game past Chelsea
But after the game, Guardiola refused to be involved in his feelings about Aguero’s miss.
“ I’ve always said to him (Aguero), make one decision and make it completely convincing, so he decided to do it this way, ” he told Sky Sports.
“I have nothing to add.”
In addition to Agüero’s missed penalty, City lost several representative chances during the match. Guardiola pointed out these costly misses, despite being relatively satisfied with his squad’s performance.
“We missed our chance for the penalty in the last minute of the first half, but we were in a good position,” he said.
Guardiola was outraged that Raheem Sterling was not given a penalty for a foul by Kurt Zouma
“We conceded a goal, suffered for fifteen minutes, then responded well, but in the end they scored.”
While inscrutable when speaking of Aguero, Guardiola couldn’t contain his anger at what he believed should have been a penalty awarded to Raheem Sterling when the match tied at 1-1.
Sterling went down in the penalty area of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, but referee Anthony Taylor dismissed City’s appeal. VAR monitored the incident and supported Taylor’s decision.
But Guardiola was clear about his assessment of the situation.
“It’s (a) punishment,” he said flatly. ‘It happened, the football happened, next time we’ll try to score our penalty and that’s it.
The Guardiola’s men have now lost to Thomas Tuchel’s side in the Premier League and FA Cup
‘The opinion for the officials and for Anthony, they know, that’s all I can say.
‘Sometimes we make mistakes, maybe they think they didn’t make a mistake, and that’s okay.
‘I saw (on) the TV, it’s a penalty, that’s all. (In the) 88th minute, after you have to score of course, but what can I say? Nothing.’
Tuchel’s Chelsea have now beaten Guardiola’s side in both the Premier League and the FA Cup, with the two teams meeting again in the Champions League final on May 29.
Guardiola said his team will learn from the defeat ahead of the Champions League final
Guardiola insisted that his team will be ready to take on the Blues for Europe’s biggest prize.
“In 21 days we will meet them again in the final of the Champions League, we will learn from that,” he said.
“Now we are going to try to get the three points you need to become (Premier League) champion.”