Raheem Sterling's miss of season allows Burnley to hold leaders City

Lawrence Cooper
February 8, 2018

The Reds now sit 13 points behind cross-city title rivals Manchester City after the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley earlier on Saturday.

City failed to add to Danilo's first-half screamer at Turf Moor and were pegged back by Johann Berg Gudmundsson's goal in the 82nd minute.

In the league, Arsenal's away form has been the big concern as they've picked up just three wins on the road - which have come against Everton, Crystal Palace and Burnley.

There is a fair chance that people will meet in pubs years from now to discuss how Sterling contrived to knock the ball wide of goal from three yards out.

"Football is about goals".

"We knew we'd have to take our chances, I think we did extremely well in this game". When you arrive in the last 15 minutes at Burnley 1-0, this is what can happen. "We know how hard and demanding it is", Danilo is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying.

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If the Gunners lose to Tottenham and City they can forget about the top four and concentrate on trying to win the Europa League to get themselves back in the Champions League.

This weekend Arsenal face a pivotal trip to Wembley to take on Spurs and defeat would leave them with a mountain to climb to finish above their north London rivals this season.

"We don't have any more players, ' complained Guardiola. We are sad for the dropped two points but to come here and play the way we played is nearly impossible", he said.

City stretched their lead at the top too by another point before Manchester United beat Huddersfield to narrow the deficiency to 13 points.

But Guardiola insisted that an elite development squad fixture on Friday evening was also a key factor behind his decision as he did not want to withdraw any of his youngsters from that game to travel with the first team. They are injured so I would like to have 18 players.

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