Atmosphere was ‘great, as always’ during Saints stalemate – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium was “great” during City’s 0-0 draw against Southampton.

Guardiola’s side might even have felt relieved to claim a point after referee Jon Moss overturned decisions to award Southampton a penalty and send Kyle Walker off in the second half.

Raheem Sterling thought he had snatched victory with a last-gasp strike but the flag was raised for offside and VAR confirmed the decision.

And Guardiola has said his team – who only managed one shot on target all game – “struggled” against the Saints.

He told BBC Match of the Day: “We struggled with our build up. It was not precise, not good. We lost more balls than usual, and we were not very comfortable connecting with the players up front. We had chances, but a draw was a fair result. We tried to win but we couldn’t do it.”

On the VAR decisions, he added: “I didn’t see either of them; the penalty or the disallowed goal. I don’t have VAR in my dugout. It was given by VAR, so it isn’t a penalty.”

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Guardiola made the headlines this week for urging City fans to come and support the team for the Southampton match.

After being criticised for his comments, the Spaniard refused to apologise and made a shocking resignation claim.

He said on Friday: “Did I say after the game against Leipzig that I was disappointed that the stadium was not full? An interpretation is an interpretation.

“An interpretation is an interpretation. I am not going to apologise for what I said because I didn’t say it wrong.

“If I’m a problem for my fans I will make a step aside, it’s not a problem for me. But I am one of them. Since day one I tried to do my best, that’s for sure.”

And the former Barcelona boss was asked about the atmosphere during his post-match press conference on Saturday.

He said: “It was great, as always.”

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