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Manchester City took advantage of a moment of lapse in the Chelsea defence to score a late goal in the first half against Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City then got a penalty late in the first half to seal their victory shortly after their first goal, but Sergio Aguero failed to score after an audacious Panenka attempt that never deceived Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Guardiola was visibly frustrated by Aguero’s failed Panenka chip, but refused to slam the Argentine in public.
Guardiola told Sky Sports: “We missed our chance in the last minute of the first half with the penalty.
“It was Sergio’s decision [to take a Panenka], the taker has to make that decision. I always say decide and take it fully convinced, he decided to do it this way.”
Guardiola later added in his post-match interview: “Listen, it’s selfish because he misses. If he scores the goal, we’ll say how he is a genius. That is the reality.
“Always I say to the players in the penalty, take one decision. Running, right, left, short, or whatever you want, but commit. Sergio was convinced, but he missed. Everyone is disappointed, but the first disappointed is him. He’s a sensible guy.
“We are not going to talk about what Sergio has done or how he is for this club, for this team right now, for all this period have been here. So he took the decision and that’s all.”