Pep Guardiola believes his team controlled the FA Cup semi-final game against Chelsea on Saturday well, pointing out that the last 15 minutes were especially positive from his Manchester City side.
However, his players could not find pockets of space in Chelsea’s final third. Here is what he has to say after the game.
“We played a good last 15 minutes. We had struggled to find our place in the pockets but congratulations to Chelsea in a tight game,” Pep Guardiola told BBC Sport after his Manchester City side lost to the Blues in the FA Cup semifinal.
“We arrived sometimes in that position but after that, we didn’t create. We conceded the goal but after we reacted well, especially after Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan came on.
“The team that defends with eight players
the final third it is not easy. This type of game the margin is so tight. In general, we controlled well. We didn’t create many clear-cut chances but we arrived more than them.”
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola is not the first top manager to be frustrated by Thomas Tuchel and his tenacious Chelsea side. So far, the German specialist has already register wins over Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Diego Simeone, and Carlo Ancelotti in less than 3 months at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea now one game away from their first trophy in 2 years. Today will determine who the Blues will face in the FA Cup final, with Leicester and Southampton to battle it out at Wembley.