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Why Guardiolas team selection against Chelsea was all about the Champions League final – The Athletic

Frustration and anger, a feeling of what might have been. But when
Manchester City’s players and manager wake up on Sunday morning, what changes?

They will still win the Premier League title this season, and even if defeat to Chelsea could make that less certain, Manchester United’s fixture schedule — with three games in the next five days — means the odds are still overwhelmingly in City’s favour.

Pep Guardiola didn’t want it to come to this, of course. He wanted to win the title on City’s own terms, and that much was evident as he raged on the touchline late on when his side were denied a late penalty. Perhaps a large part of his sheer anger stemmed from Sergio Aguero missing a first-half spot kick with a failed panenka.

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