Man City 0-0 Arsenal: Guardiola Praises Arsenal Unbelievable Tactics

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the tactics deployed by Mikel Arteta to secure a goalless draw for his side at Etihad Stadium. The City players were frustrated throughout the match as their visitors put on impressive defensive tactics to neutralise their threats.

Pep Guardiola speaks about Man City vs Arsenal

The result of the match means that Pep Guardiola’s side remain in the third position, three points behind the new league leaders Liverpool and Arsenal moved from first spot to second with two points behind the Reds.

Therefore, Liverpool could be described as the real winner of the encounter having taken control of the title race with just nine games left to play.

Speaking after the match, The City manager acknowledged the approach of his former assistant and stated that Arsenal players mastered the tactics even though Man City players tried to destabilise their defense line.

He told BBC Sport: “(It was a) tough game. Quite similar game to the last ones, take the point and onto the next. They make a really good pressing. They are a master of that. It is what it is. In the end we tried. They have really top players in defensive, defending perfectly compact. Low block. We tried.”

Manchester City were not only frustrated during the match but also suffered a big injury blow as Nathan Ake was subbed off injured to add to the injury crisis tormenting City’s defence ahead of the most crucial part of the season.

Pep Guardiola attributed the injury to a lot of games that the players were meant to play, stressing that his boys will shift their attention to the next Premier League match against Aston Villa in midweek.

“A lot of games. It happens sometimes. I didn’t speak with the doctors but if he decided to go out it is because something happened. Now is just to relax, recovery and Wednesday we will come back,” he said.

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