No One's Buying Pep Guardiola's Excuse For Having Just Six Substitutes

No One's Buying Pep Guardiola's Excuse For Having Just Six Substitutes

With a number of injuries, Guardiola named players for just six of the seven substitute slots - a decision which was criticised by television pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville as letting down City's youth system.

Danilo had put City ahead in the 22nd minute, but the city was jolted to reality in the 82nd minute when Johann Berg Gudmundsson latched on a cross by Mathew Lowton to even scores for the hosts.

Raheem Sterling produced one of the misses of the season - somehow putting the ball wide just one metre out from the empty goal and Burnley made the most of that let-off.

City are 16 points clear at the top before second-placed Manchester United host Huddersfield later on Saturday.

But after taking the lead with a handsome strike from Brazilian Danilo in the 22nd minute, they failed to press home their advantage.

City are now missing David Silva, John Stones, Leroy Sane, Fabian Delph, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy but the lack of a youth player to fill the seventh spot meant no one was buying it.

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City showcased their quality in the 39th minute with a flowing move from the back, ending with a powerful drive from Kevin De Bruyne which keeper Nick Pope did well to keep out. "Next game he's going to score".

"The next day you focus on the next one (chance)". 'We could take one from second team but they played a game yesterday.

As much as Guardiola values performances and intentions from both players and managers, he will no doubt be bitterly disappointed at his team's failure to come away with what would have been three deserved points. However, Guardiola's team is still leading the points table with a good margin.

"We didn't have any more players", Guardiola said. Maybe people don't realise, but the way we played was outstanding.

The Manchester City forward received a squared ball from Kyle Walker inside the six yard box but incredibly fired wide with the goal gaping.