Pep Guardiola reveals frustration with Erling Haaland after Gundogan penalty miss vs Leeds

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has, on Saturday evening, admitted that he was left frustrated with a number of his players, owing to a missed opportunity from the penalty spot.

City, of course, were back in action earlier this afternoon.

Amid ongoing efforts to stave off the challenge of Arsenal atop the Premier League table, the Sky Blues welcomed Leeds United to The Etihad, eyeing a 10th league win on the spin.

And, when all was said and done in Manchester, bag all three points is precisely what the day’s hosts went on to do.

This came owing to an early brace on the part of Ilkay Gundogan, en route to a 2-1 final scoreline.

As alluded to above, though, whilst his side, in the end, got the job done against Leeds, Pep Guardiola was nevertheless left frustrated by a small group of key performers.

This came as a result of a missed penalty inside the final five minutes, swiftly punished upon Rodrigo pulling one back for Leeds at the other end.

Brace-hitter Gundogan proved the responsible party, afforded the chance to complete his hat-trick by top scorer and record-setter Erling Haaland.

Upon the former’s spot-kick coming crashing back off the post, though, the aforementioned Guardiola could immediately be seen furiously gesturing towards Haaland, making clear his feelings that the Norwegian should have taken responsibility of the situation.

Speaking to the media post-match, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his side’s penalty miss was put to City’s boss.

And Guardiola went on to confirm that Haaland was his favoured taker, followed by Riyad Mahrez:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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