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Pep Guardiola blames match ball for Manchester City struggles

Guardiola blames ball for City struggles
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Pep Guardiola criticises the 'unacceptable' quality of the ball used in the EFL Cup after his Manchester City side scraped past Wolverhampton Wanderers in round four.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested that his side failed to score against Wolverhampton Wanderers in their EFL Cup tie due to the quality of the match ball.

The Citizens were unable to find a way past their Championship opponents after 90 minutes plus extra time, being taken all the way to a penalty shootout at the Etihad Stadium.

City keeper Claudio Bravo proved to be the hero as he kept out two Wolves spot kicks, paving the way for Sergio Aguero to convert the decisive penalty and book a quarter-final place for his side.

Guardiola criticised the 'unacceptable' quality of the ball, but was full of praise for back-up stopper Bravo after producing a number of big stops prior to the shootout.

"The ball is bad for one year or two years - it's not acceptable. All the players complain," he told reporters. "Claudio gave us the chance to go through - I'm so happy for him, the way he's trained, a good performance and good penalties. I'm happy to win in this way.

"It was not easy last season for him but he's a keeper at a high level – you can't be the Barcelona and Chile [goalkeeper] without being a high level. He deserved the performance. Without him we would not be in the next round."

"It's not easy for him, like with Yaya [Toure] he wanted to touch the ball but it's difficult because the space was tight. For Claudio he's here to play but he's a good professional and he has to be ready - you never know what happens in football. But it's not easy to come in for games like this."

The ball used was introduced at the start of the campaign for all EFL competitions, except for the Premier League.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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