Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola dropped points against Everton as Arsenal extend their league lead | Soccer News

Pep Guardiola lamented the two-point loss but had no complaints about Everton’s approach after the Merseysiders snatched an unexpected 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

Demarai Gray canceled out an Erling Haaland strike with a superb equalizer in a spirited Premier League clash on Saturday, with Arsenal beating Brighton 4-2 later to establish a seven-point cushion at the top.

Mikel Arteta’s side will face Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday – live sky sports – meaning they could be 10 points clear by the time City visit Chelsea next Thursday at Stamford Bridge, also on Sky sports.

The only team at least seven points clear at the end of New Year’s Eve not to win the title is Liverpool in 2018/19, who boasted the same advantage.

Tuesday, January 3, 7:00 p.m.

Kick off 7:45 p.m.

Everton’s game plan frustrated City in a stop-start, foul-mouthed and moody contest – although the biggest contributor to the 11-minute stoppage time played in the second half was the need for one of assistant referees to have his helmet repaired.

City manager Guardiola said: “They scored a fantastic goal with the first shot on target they had, so we played a really good game.

“Of course the result was not expected but that’s football, it’s not the first time this has happened. We did everything to win. They played very well.

“Afterwards, they broke the rhythm a bit because the referees weren’t ready but, in general, we did everything and unfortunately we couldn’t win.”

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Guardiola’s only real gripe concerned a perceived lack of consistency on the part of referee Andrew Madley.

He claimed he had no problem with Haaland booking a thoughtless tackle on Vitaliy Mykolenko and revealed he should tell the Norwegian, who was fired after an early clash with Ben Godfrey, to calm down.

However, the Spaniard was upset that his players’ tough challenges weren’t punished in the same way.

Guardiola said: “It’s a yellow card for Erling, definitely. I said: ‘Be careful, it’s an action, it can be dangerous – we can’t play 10 v 11’. I know what happened – he was a little angry at the first action on his ankle.

“But Jack Grealish was shot three or four times, nothing happened and (Haaland’s) first action was a yellow card.”

When asked if he complained that his players weren’t protected enough, Guardiola replied: “No, no, no.”

Lampard proud of Everton approach

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Frank Lampard raved about Demarai Gray after scoring a magnificent equalizer for Everton

It was a first point in four matches for 16th-placed Everton. The Toffees, who lost 2-1 at home to Wolves in their first game after the World Cup, are now two points above the relegation zone.

Boss Frank Lampard said: “I think we’ve limited their good chances (from City), and in terms of character and discipline and following the plan, working consistently for around 100 minutes, understanding that sometimes it’s difficult and that you have to stick with it, I think we did it brilliantly and deserved a point.

“It’s a big deal for us because it comes from a punch against Wolves. To come to the champions and get something back in a tough game is a big deal for us, although a point, but it’s a big deal for us. is a big problem for the locker room.

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“It would be great to come here and open up against City and try to go together, but they are at such a level and the position we are in at the moment is not for us. I think we can be really proud of the way we approached the game.”

Lampard described Gray’s striking as “unstoppable”, adding: “When he hits a goal like that, it just shows you the talent he has, and that earned us a point.”

Lampard also spoke about Michael Keane’s withdrawal from the matchday squad, saying: “We hope it’s a small injury to the back of his knee that he felt in training yesterday and that he felt again in the warm-up today, so we’ll get it scanned.”

Manchester City’s next six matches

Thursday, January 5, 6:30 p.m.

Kick off 8:00 p.m.

Thursday January 5 – Chelsea (A) – Live sky sportskick off 8 p.m.

sunday january 8 – Chelsea (H) – FA Cup 3rd round, kick-off 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday January 11 – Southampton (A) – Carabao Cup quarter-final, kick-off at 8 p.m.

saturday january 14 – Manchester United (A) – Kick-off 12:30 p.m.

Thursday January 19 – Tottenham (H) – Live sky sportskick off 8 p.m.

Sunday January 22 – Wolves (H) – Kick off 2 p.m.

Arsenal’s next six matches

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Tuesday, January 3 – Newcastle (H) – Live on sky sportskick off 7:45 p.m.

monday 9 january – Oxford United (A) – FA Cup 3rd round, kick-off 8pm

Sunday January 15 – Tottenham (A) – Live sky sportskick off 4:30 p.m.

Sunday January 22 – Manchester United (H) – Live on sky sportskick off 4:30 p.m.

Sunday February 4 – Everton (A) – Kick-off 12:30 p.m.

Saturday February 11 – Brentford (H) – Kick off 3 p.m.

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