“Manchester City must win such games” – Guardiola frustrated by missed chances at West Brom draw

The coach says his team needs to be more prolific if they are to win the Premier League title this year

Pep Guardiola remained complaining about Manchester City’s wasted opportunities after they drew 1-1 with West Brom on Tuesday.

The hosts took the lead 30 minutes after the Premier League match through Ilkay Gundogan, the German midfielder sweeping home after a pass from Raheem Sterling.

Shortly before the break, the visitors equalized when Semi Ajayi’s shot bounced in front of Ruben Dias.

City dominated the second period and made 26 goal attempts during the game, although only seven were on target, while West Brom recorded five shots and scored only one.

Guardiola was disappointed by his team’s failure to see victory and says they can’t afford to leave points at home to teams like Slaven Bilic’s if they compete for the Premier League title this season.

“We didn’t create too many in the first half, they had a lot of people back, we fought to win the second ball,” he said. Amazon. “In the second half I did everything I could not score.

“I created enough to win the game, I think 26 shots, you just have to put the ball. We’re fighting this. We need to be optimistic.

“You don’t have to be so smart to see the difference between this year and previous years [in our results].

“It’s not reliable, Sergio Aguero was injured for four months, but we create chances, we are there, we just can’t score.

“It’s not about points [to the top of the league], you have to win such games. We know, we decrease points. These are the ones you need to earn.

“It’s not far from the top of the league, but you have to beat West Brom at home. There are many more games. This situation is strange for everyone. We deserved to win the game, but we didn’t win it.”

City have won just two of their last five Premier League games, and Tuesday’s result leaves them five points behind Tottenham and Liverpool, who face Anfield on Wednesday.