Pep Guardiola was grateful goal-line expertise was accessible after Manchester Metropolis saved management of the Premier League title race by a matter of millimetres at Burnley.
It was 29 of them to be exact, as Sergio Aguero scored his 20th objective of the season with an effort that simply crossed the road regardless of Matt Lowton’s practically good effort at protecting it out.
It was sufficient to settle a nervy encounter at Turf Moor, which City won 1-0, with Guardiola joking he was ‘trembling’ via the closing levels as Metropolis completed with 4 centre-halves on the pitch.
It was not a typical Metropolis efficiency, however Guardiola was capable of have fun in entrance of the travelling followers at full-time as his facet moved one level away from Liverpool with two video games to play.
“We deserved to win, we created a variety of probabilities,” Guardiola stated. “I’m so delighted for the best way we managed them.
“We got here to the most common English stadium and we didn’t concede one nook.”
Guardiola insisted it was not a complaint, but could not help but point to the pitch conditions, with Burnley choosing to leave the grass long and dry.
He did have cause to complain early in the second half when City were denied a penalty as David Silva’s shot struck Ashley Barnes firmly on the arm.
It is the sort of incident which VAR will correct from next season, but as far as City’s titles hopes are concerned, at least goal-line technology is now well established.
Sergio Aguero initially mis-hit Bernardo Silva’s through-ball, but his second attempt had the beating – just – of both Tom Heaton and Lowton.
“With out expertise possibly it’s not given,” Guardiola stated. “There was a penalty not given however that’s the reason I like (expertise).
“All the things we have now executed over these two seasons, no person has given us something. Now we have gained it. That is good.”
The objective means Aguero is now solely the second participant after Thierry Henry to attain no less than 20 Premier League targets in 5 consecutive seasons.
“He’s a legend. He does that on a regular basis, essential targets,” Guardiola stated, earlier than rapidly pivoting to his staff’s achievements.
“Now we have greater than 20 factors on United and Arsenal and Tottenham, it’s unbelievable.
“I couldn’t count on that, begin of season or particularly in winter time. Now we have gained 12 video games in a row. It’s unbelievable.”
It’ll after all now be a disappointment if the title doesn’t observe, however Guardiola feels sure of his facet’s place in historical past following final season’s 100-point haul.
“In two seasons we have now 192 factors,” he stated. “Perhaps one staff will once more make 100 factors in a season, however for the second to make 92, 95, 98, it is not going to occur.”
Burnley completed defeated however defiant, with Sean Dyche pleased with how his facet made the reigning champions toil.
“I feel it’s a praise that I noticed Pep Guardiola with my very own eyes, and heard him, screaming, ‘Get it within the nook!’” he stated.
“It simply goes to indicate even the perfect must do it, they must see the sport via with 4 centre-halves on the pitch. Typically they must do it as effectively.”
With 40 factors Burnley’s Premier League standing is assured, one thing that was removed from assured across the flip of the yr following a poor begin.
“Now we have put such an enormous effort into the second half of the season,” Dyche stated.
“Individuals say it has been a poor season. It has been a unbelievable season for us. That is Burnley. It’s not a stroll within the park. Each season…finance, construction, attempting to maintain our gamers…yearly is hard.
“The second half of the season, take a look at our objective tally, our factors tally, take a look at our efficiency stage – first-class.”