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Guardiola: ‘I’m not frustrated’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted he wasn’t frustrated after seeing his side being held to a 1-1 draw at home against Everton on Saturday.

City dominated the match and missed twice from the penalty spot at the Etihad Stadium, as Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg had a fine game in net for the visitors. Romelu Lukaku gave Everton the lead in the 64th minute, before Nolito finally found the back on the net for City in the 72nd minute.

“I’m not frustrated,” Guardiola said after the match.

“Sometimes you play bad, and you win… and then today.

“My team will be judged but never will I change the way I want to play football: it’s the only way I have. My teams play the way I want. During that process, there are problems. We improved a lot from what happened in Tottenham and Celtic.

“We made a good performance. We need to improve on that and keep going.”

With both Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero missing from the penalty spot, Guardiola was asked if the team will practice extra on penalty kicks going forward.

“I don’t have time to practice everything I want to practice!,” Guardiola said.

“You can practice penalties but there is no pressure there – penalties in the crucial moment are penalties.

“When we missed a penalty in the first half, they had to be more open. We found the spaces in the first 30 minutes – we arrived on the byline but no-one was there.

“We created enough chances to win the game. They had one chance – it was good action from the striker. We did everything. We cannot be too disappointed because we have to travel to Barcelona.”

City takes on Barcelona at Camp Nou on Wednesday in the Champions League.

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