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The Man City manager acknowledges that playing spirited Sheffield United was “difficult” for his team.

The Man City manager acknowledges that playing spirited Sheffield United was “difficult” for his team.

City’s late-game hero was Rodri.

After Rodri’s late winner gave the treble-winners at Bramall Lane all three points, Manchester City coach Juanma Lillo referred to Sheffield United as a “difficult opponent.”. When Jayden Bogle scored in the 85th minute, United appeared to have snatched a tense draw. However, Rodri scored three minutes later to break the tie.

Erling Haaland missed a first-half penalty and had a goal disallowed for offside.

City controlled possession, finishing with 80% of the ball and 30 shots on goal. Despite Wes Foderingham’s stellar play in net for United, the flag also disallowed Nathan Ake’s first-half “goal.”.

While Pep Guardiola recovers from back surgery in Spain, Lillo took charge on the sidelines. He said: “Overall, I thought we played really well today. Contrary to what the score indicated, it was much closer to what we desired. Finding that space behind in the first half was extremely difficult.

If that had been the penalty, everything might have changed.

The team appeared to be very steady and to be constantly focused on the goal. We significantly increased our rhythm in the second half, which allowed us to recover the ball much more quickly. The new spaces that resulted from winning the ball back more quickly could be used by us.

“With enough time, we might locate Bernardo Silva and Julian Alvarez on their own. Before the first goal, we had the opportunity to score more. It was even harder for our players to play against such a challenging opponent. “.

Regarding Guardiola’s influence, Lillo added: “During the match, I spoke to him at some points, but generally he was speaking to other members of the technical staff. His presence today has been complete.

“I wouldn’t have taken his seat if there had been more room on the bench. It is Pep’s place to sit. He was right there with us the entire time. I much prefer to be with Pep, and I don’t like this at all when it comes to health.

He was encouraging us all to get involved when I was here earlier and now. It’s more important than ever that he be here. “.

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