Rodri Hits Out At Officials After Man City Were Denied Penalty against Chelsea

Manchester City midfielder Rodri was not impressed by the decision of the match officials during their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Saturday. He felt some decisions went against them, particularly the failure to award them penalties on two occasions.

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Manchester City had hoped to continue their unbeaten run by making it 12 in a row and keep their perfect record in 2024, however, a first-half goal by Raheem Sterling which put Chelsea in front made the match a difficult one for the reigning Champions.

Pep Guardiola’s had to struggle to secure a 1-1 draw. Rodri once again came to the rescue of the team by hammering home their equaliser with less than ten minutes to go.

However, the Spanish midfielder believes that they were on the wrong side of the match officials and could have secured all 3 points.

At the stoppage time, a handball shout by City players was waved away and Kyle Walker also felt he should’ve been given a second-half penalty after being bundled over by Raheem Sterling.

“I don’t want to talk about the referee, but I don’t remember a game with so many VAR checks and none for us – come on man. You always see the face of the referee and it’s now ‘move on, move on’,” Rodri told Match of the Day.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola after the match criticised his team’s first-half performance, stating that they were not at their best, hence they conceded in transition.

“Well, we don’t perform at our level in the first half,” Guardiola told reporters as quoted by mancity.com. “When you play against teams who have composure and prestige like Chelsea you have to perform at our best for 94, 95 minutes.

“We started to play after conceding a goal. We were not at our best and it can happen in transition. When you aren’t at your best you concede transitions. It happens. But after, we react like we are. And we created a lot, a lot, a lot.

“They have one or two transitions for their quality and ability to keep the ball with incredibly good runners up front.

“The result is that. We have to perform better in the first half. We have to go there. As a team [and] as a group, the first half was not like we are.”

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