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Guardiola: "A tight game, but a fair result."



In a pulsating Premier League encounter, Cole Palmer's injury-time penalty salvaged a remarkable 4-4 draw for Chelsea against former club Manchester City.

The drama unfolded with City taking the lead through Erling Haaland's controversial penalty, answered swiftly by Thiago Silva's header for Chelsea. Raheem Sterling handed the West London club the lead when he finished off Reece James' cross, and Manuel Akanji further made it 2-2 at the brink of half-time.


A few minutes after the second half resumed, City went ahead as Haaland netted a second, but Nicolas Jackson's recent goal-scoring form continued as he slotted in a rebound.

Rodri's apparent winner was met with a twist as Palmer's last-minute spot-kick levelled the match. However, Pep Guardiola praised the entertaining clash, acknowledging Chelsea's prowess and expressing satisfaction with City's performance, securing Champions League qualification before the international break.



Guardiola told BBC Sport after the 4-4 draw: "It was a good advert and entertaining game for the Premier League and both teams wanted to win. I wouldn't have expected differently Chelsea have a fantastic team and players.

"And we know they always play good against fantastic side. We took the game [to Chelsea] it was difficult to control and they had quality from Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk.


"The players to dribble and run it was difficult to control the game - they were aggressive. We have momentum [during the game] two or three transitions one-on-one which we could not finish, but the game was in the moment at the end.

"A tight game, but a fair result. I congratulate the team, we go into the break and we qualify for the Champions League and we comeback [after international break] and go."


On whether he preferred a 1-1 result: "It is, what it is. I prefer to win 7-0 but it is not happening at that level they [Chelsea] are fantastic team. I do not know the average [attempts on goal] but at the end both teams tried to do it and do what they needed to do."


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