Manchester City have opened the door for Liverpool in the Premier League title race after a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
Pep Guardiola’s side did everything they could at Selhurst Park on Monday night but just couldn’t find that all-important goal.
City had 74% possession and 18 shots but found 35-year-old Palace goalkeeper, Vicente Guaita, in fantastic form.
Guaita only made four saves in the match but was an extremely busy man throughout the 90 minutes. But he, and the entire Palace line-up, stayed strong to earn themselves a credible point.
It was a point that leaves them in 11th in the Premier League table as they target a top-half finish.
As for City, the draw moved them four points clear of Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp’s side now have a game in hand – a trip to Arsenal on Wednesday night.
After the match, Guardiola was clearly disappointed with the result and headed straight towards Guaita. He was seen in what appeared to be an animated conversation with the ‘keeper.
VIDEO: Guardiola goes straight to Guaita at full-time
Pep Guardiola and Vicente Guaita having a heated conversation at full-time 👀 pic.twitter.com/bwjaTtVt4G
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) March 14, 2022
What did Guardiola say to Guaita?
But what was being said?
Well, according to Guardiola himself, he was simply “congratulating him for an incredible effort and his saves.”
It was certainly a strange way of doing that.
Of course, we’ve seen Guardiola remonstrating with opposition players at full-time in the past – most notably Nathan Redmond after Southampton’s visit to the Etihad during the 2017/18 campaign.
When Guardiola remonstrated with Nathan Redmond
Last night’s game between Man City and Southampton was full of drama…
A last minute winner ⚽
Mad celebrations 🙌
Plus an INTENSE full-time rant from Pep Guardiola to Nathan Redmond 😡😡 pic.twitter.com/FtjD1ac8HT
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) November 30, 2017
But despite the draw against Palace and dropping two points, Guardiola didn’t have too many complaints about the performance.
“We played a really, really good game,” the City manager said. “Really good at a difficult stadium against a difficult side who defend deep. The way we played, I have no regrets. I would have preferred to win, but we played well.