Iceland Star Gudmundsson On Target As Burnley Hold Man City

Iceland Star Gudmundsson On Target As Burnley Hold Man City

Despite the result, Guardiola was nevertheless pleased with the performance against a tough opponent.

Manchester City conceded a late equalizer by Johann Berg Gudmundsson at Turf Moor to drop points for only the fourth time this season in the Premier League, sharing points with Burnley.

City wasted a series of opportunities to double their lead, with Raheem Sterling missing an open goal, before Gudmundsson struck.

Burnley are seventh in the league as things stand, four points away from 40 and they fully deserve to be there.

This is comfortably Manchester United's best league campaign since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as a champion in 2013, yet Pep Guardiola's swashbuckling side boast an eye-watering 15-point cushion at the summit. It is a very intense competition, having games every two or three days.

"What they do, they do really, really, well", added the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who was left to rue his side's missed chances, including an absolute sitter from close range by Raheem Sterling in the 71st minute. It's the same gap from six games ago.

Despite that, Danilo looked like proving their unlikely match-winner after a stunning strike from outside the box.

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That defeat brought an end to their 18-game unbeaten run and was followed by an FA Cup reverse to West Brom at Anfield. Who are you backing? Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen are both available for selection after recovering from the flu.

Another talking point was Guardiola's decision to name only six substitutes. Instead of tapping the ball in, Sterling deflected it with his boot and sent the shot wide.

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"I think it is important to come to a ground like this and get points, we know how hard it is".

"Now we have very important fixtures against teams which are around us".

Although the Clarets have not won in nine league games, they are well on the way to a top half finish.

"I can not say that we are doing bad or Tottenham is doing bad or Chelsea is doing bad because the number of points we have are a very reasonable number of points. It is like having Ronald Koeman in goal", he said, referring to the former Dutch global defender renowned for being cool under pressure.