Raheem Sterling's miss of season allows Burnley to hold leaders City

06 February 2018, 03:18 | Myrtle Hill

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson's late equaliser for Burnley denied Manchester City victory for only the fourth time in the Premier League this season as Pep Guardiola's side paid the price for missing a host of chances. It is a very intense competition, having games every two or three days.

"It is very important to rest our bodies and clear our minds and come back to prepare for the next game fresh and relaxed".

Jose Mourinho vowed to use the rest of the campaign as a catalyst for an improved Premier League title charge next season after effectively conceding this year's crown to Manchester City.

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

Ederson's impact since signing from Benfica in June has been sensational and the Brazilian was at his brilliant best against Burnley: outstanding in possession and producing two genuinely world-class saves that were crucial in securing a point. It was an outstanding performance.

"Maybe [we could have brought a young player] but we decide they are not going to play because before them we are going to play Yaya or Zinchenko or the other ones and I made a decision to let them play with the second team".

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Burnley's back four, despite the absence of James Tarkowski, was well drilled and it required patience to break them down.

Wagner said: "I don't like that we are now in the bottom three - but to be totally honest, I think it makes it easier because now we are the team who can chase the other ones".

Burnley retained a threat on the break and they nearly snatched an equaliser when Aaron Lennon's thunderous shot was touched onto the post by Ederson.

And after the game Guardiola said much the same, insisting he preferred to give his youngsters game time with the second team rather than let them take the final seat on the bench. We moved the ball well and with objective, and, for an hour of the game, were in total control.

When Gudmundsson equalised for Burnley late on to secure a precious point, the Iceland global ensured City are now without a win in their past three Premier League away games.

Guardiola has made his point often enough that he did not feel the need to revisit the issue as he held a press conference on Friday, but that did not stop one of his key players speaking out. "That's an unbelievable save".



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