Pep Guardiola complains about Manchester City’s ‘lack of aggression’ after losing Leeds

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Pep Guardiola complains about Manchester City’s’ lack of aggression ‘after elected champions were stunned by 10-man Leeds” not creating much ‘

  • Pep Guardiola blamed City’s ‘lack of aggression’ for their downfall against Leeds
  • Stuart Dallas scored twice and took a priceless victory in the Etihad on Saturday
  • Guardiola claims his side failed to ‘create’ chances but credited Leeds ‘fantastic’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has pointed to his side’s ‘lack of aggression’ over their defeat to ten-man Leeds United on Saturday.

Stuart Dallas put Leeds up front at the Etihad Stadium in the first half, before adding another in injury time to rule out Ferran Torres’ equalizing goal and see City lose 2-1.

Guardiola claims his city failed to ‘create’ opportunities, but gave Leeds a ‘fantastic’ performance.

Pep Guardiola blames Manchester City's 'lack of aggression' for their downfall against Leeds

Pep Guardiola blames Manchester City’s ‘lack of aggression’ for their downfall against Leeds

Guardiola said after the game: “11v11 was tight and we conceded a goal that we could have avoided. We were not aggressive enough in these areas.

‘We were in the finishing positions, but we couldn’t score and after the broadcast we didn’t create enough, maybe a little more, but we got another one.

‘It can happen eventually, a team like this that is fantastic and congratulations. It was not very clear what our chances were, we could not create much.

‘When I play a game, I think we can win. The boys tried, but it didn’t work. ‘

Stuart Dallas scored two goals to see Manchester City lose 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday

Stuart Dallas scored two goals to see Manchester City lose 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday

Stuart Dallas scored two goals to see Manchester City lose 2-1 at the Etihad on Saturday

His second goal (above) came in injury time and ruled out Ferran Torres' equalizing goal

His second goal (above) came in injury time and ruled out Ferran Torres' equalizing goal

His second goal (above) came in injury time and ruled out Ferran Torres’ equalizing goal

The result is a minor setback for Manchester City, which will still be eight points ahead of Manchester United, even if they win their matches against Tottenham and Burnley.

City now only needs 11 points from the remaining six games to guarantee a third league title in four seasons.

In the meantime, Leeds have now given themselves a slim chance of finishing in the Europa League after climbing to 10th and four points from sixth after Saturday’s surprise win.

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