Goals the missing ingredient for City: Guardiola
MANCHESTER, MAR 20: Sharper finishing is all that is required to take Manchester City to the next level, manager Pep Guardiola said after his side's 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
Guardiola's cavalier approach came under scrutiny after City fell to a 3-1 defeat at Monaco last week that saw them eliminated from the Champions League on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw.
Sergio Aguero's 69th-minute equaliser meant City emerged with a point from Sunday's ding-dong battle with Liverpool, but Guardiola said his forwards' lack of ruthlessness was holding the team back.
Aguero's strike, from Kevin De Bruyne's superb right-wing cross, cancelled out former City player James Milner's 51st-minute penalty.
City squandered a glut of chances late on, with Aguero particularly culpable, but despite identifying his side's profligacy as a key failing, Guardiola said there was nothing he could do to improve it.
"In my career I was a football player 11 years and I scored 11 goals. One goal a year," he said with a smile.
"So can you imagine what advice I can say to Sergio and the other guys about scoring goals? I don't think so.
"I think the managers can (coach) the defensive, the high pressing, the build-up. Every manager has his own things.
"But the box is the box. How you defend one cross is the quality because you are good at headers. When you score a goal it's because you have that talent."
That City avoided defeat also owed much to an alert defensive display by oft-criticised centre-back John Stones, who produced two important blocks either side of half-time.
"John Stones has more personality than all of us here together in this room. More balls than everyone here," Guardiola told reporters at the Etihad Stadium. �AFP