MX23RW : Wednesday, June 16 21:09:19| >> :120:5157:5157:

Raheem Sterling frustrated not to secure Premier League title

Raheem Sterling frustrated not to secure Premier League title
© Reuters
City missed their first opportunity to seal the crown as Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling admitted Manchester City were frustrated not to get the Premier League title wrapped up on the field on Saturday.

City missed their first opportunity to seal the crown as Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Sterling had put the leaders on course for the victory that would have secured a third title in four years but Sergio Aguero then fluffed a penalty before half-time.

Marcos Alonso stunned City with a late winner for Chelsea
Marcos Alonso stunned City with a late winner for Chelsea (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Chelsea hit back after the break with Hakim Ziyech levelling and Marcos Alonso grabbing a winner in injury time.

England forward Sterling said: "We were in a great position. It was a day to get it over the line and sadly we couldn't.

"We had chances to finish the game off, we didn't and got punished.

"It is frustrating one to take but we have still got three games to go and hopefully we'll make it right in the next couple of weeks."

Aguero's poor penalty cost City the chance to go 2-0 up
Aguero's poor penalty cost City the chance to go 2-0 up (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Aguero's missed penalty was the main talking point after the game. The Argentinian attempted to beat Edouard Mendy with a Panenka-style kick but the Chelsea keeper was not fooled and stood up to make a comfortable save with one hand.

Aguero, City's record goalscorer, later said sorry on Twitter.

"I would like to apologise to my teammates, staff and supporters for missing the penalty," the striker wrote on Twitter. "It was a bad decision and I take full responsibility."

The error proved a lifeline for Chelsea, who were much stronger in the second period.

"If the penalty goes in in the first half the game is over and done with," Sterling said. "It kept them in the game and they won it late on."

Sterling felt he was fouled by Kurt Zouma in the closing minutes
Sterling felt he was fouled by Kurt Zouma in the closing minutes (Laurence Griffiths/PA)

It was not the only penalty drama, however, with Sterling believing he was denied a spot-kick shortly before Alonso's winner after falling under a challenge from Kurt Zouma.

"For me I couldn't get a shot off," Sterling said. "I don't know how it is not a penalty or has not been reviewed properly."

The sides will meet again in the Champions League final in three weeks' time but, after manager Pep Guardiola made nine changes, City have given little of their hand away.

Sterling said: "The final in the Champions League will be a completely different game and I'm sure we'll get over the line in that one."

Chelsea have other matters to think about before that final. The win lifted them to third and strengthened their grip on a qualification place for next season's Champions League but that job is not yet done. They also have the FA Cup final next weekend.

Alonso said: "I think first we need to secure the top-four position. This was a big step but there are still three games to go and we need to keep thinking game by game, and try to work hard to keep getting the results."

Alonso netted the winner as he just got ahead of Callum Hudson-Odoi to turn in a Timo Werner cross.

He said: "I think he kicked my foot but at the end of the day it's the goal that counts, whoever scores it, and the three points for us. That's the most important thing. We've got to keep going and it was important to win."

ID:446665: cacheID:446665:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:9448:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel pictured on April 10, 2021
Read Next:
Thomas Tuchel joins elite crowd with Man City victory
>

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Thursday, June 17, 2021
 
5pm
Friday, June 18, 2021
 
2pm
Saturday, June 19, 2021
 
2pm
 
8pm
Sunday, June 20, 2021
 
5pm
Todays Game Header Right
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
3Liverpool38209968422669
4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!