Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits they have a “problem” with penalties as they sealed top spot in their Champions League group with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund despite Riyad Mahrez failing from the spot.
City have failed to score 25 of their 80 penalties, excluding shootouts, since the Catalan took over in 2016.
Mahrez was fouled by Emre Can and stepped up himself, but Gregor Kobel went the right way to save his kick.
Borussia Dortmund also went through to the last 16 with the draw, so both sides will be happy with the result.
“Since I’ve been here we’ve missed 25 penalties, most of them in the Champions League,” Guardiola said.
“It’s too many. You always have to admire the courage, but missing so many penalties is a problem.
“We have to improve. It comes down to fine margins in this competition and these situations can make the difference.”
City’s Champions League penalty scoring record (71%, 12/17) is actually slightly better than their Premier League record (69%, 36/52).
Former Scotland forward James McFadden, watching the game for BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “I think it was a very good penalty from Mahrez. It’s a side foot with a lot of power, what a save.”
Mahrez has now missed three of his past four penalties for City, after scoring nine of his first 10.
|Player||Penalty record||% success rate|
|Kevin de Bruyne||7/9||78|
|Yaya Toure||3/3||one hundred|
|Erling Haland||2/2||one hundred|
City boss Guardiola surprisingly replaced top scorer Erling Haaland at half-time after just 13 touches. He revealed that the Norwegian had a fever and a knock.
Dortmund had good chances too, with 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko slotting wide and debutant City keeper Stefan Ortega making several saves.
City get job done but below best again
City will be happy to have won their Champions League group with a game to spare, but it is just one win in their past four games in all competitions now.
Last time out in Europe they drew 0-0 in Copenhagen, and then lost their unbeaten record to Liverpool in the league – before beating Brighton on Saturday.
Guardiola mixed things up with his line-up in Dortmund, giving a debut to 29-year-old keeper Ortega, a summer signing, with Ederson left on the bench.
The German did well to deny Karim Adeyemi and Moukoko in the first half.
Julian Alvarez, who played behind Haaland, made his fourth start for the club, and was one of only three players to test Kobel – along with Ilkay Gundogan and Mahrez with his failed penalty, all in the second half.
Nathan Ake headed a decent chance over too.
Maybe if Haaland, with 22 goals in his first three months at City, was still on, he might have taken it.
Cancelo was taken off too, another player who will not be happy with his first half – with Adeyemi getting the better of him on several occasions out wide.
It is all ultimately academic, with City topping the group amid a relentless pre-World Cup fixture list – but recent performances continue to dip below their early-season swashbuckling form.
Former Scotland forward James McFadden on BBC Radio 5 Live
It was really competitive, Dortmund really tried to frustrate City and it was very impressive. They offered a real threat to go and win the game in the first half.
City just couldn’t get in behind the defense and they couldn’t find the way to open Dortmund up.
Maybe both sides didn’t take risks because they knew they didn’t have to win the game.
- 15HummelsBooked at 87mins
- 10T HazardSubstituted forwolfhorse 82′minutes
- 27adeemiaSubstituted formalenhorse 73′minutes
- 7ReynaSubstituted forPapadopouloshorse 87′minutes
- 18moukokoSubstituted formodestyhorse 82′minutes
- 3Ruben Dias
- 7CanceloBooked at 7minsSubstituted forakanjihorse 45′minutesBooked at 72mins
- 26MahrezSubstituted forPalmerhorse 88′minutes
- 8GundoganBooked at 58mins
- 47fodeneSubstituted forgreathorse 81′minutes
- 9HalandSubstituted forBernardo Silvahorse 45′minutes
- 19AlvarezBooked at 31mins
- 17De Bruyne
- 20Bernardo Silva
- David Massa
Match ends, Borussia Dortmund 0, Manchester City 0.
Second Half ends, Borussia Dortmund 0, Manchester City 0.
Offside, Borussia Dortmund. Julian Brandt tries a through ball, but Anthony Modeste is caught offside.
Dangerous play by Rúben Dias (Manchester City).
Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Manchester City. Cole Palmer replaces Riyadh Mahrez.
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Julián Álvarez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund).
Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Antonios Papadopoulos replaces Giovanni Reyna.
Offside, Manchester City. Jack Grealish tries a through ball, but Bernardo Silva is caught offside.
Offside, Manchester City. John Stones tries a through ball, but Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.
Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Anthony Modeste replaces Youssoufa Moukoko.
Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Marius Wolf replaces Thorgan Hazard.
Substitution, Manchester City. Jack Grealish replaces Phil Foden.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Mats Hummels.
Attempt blocked. Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Donyell Malen replaces Karim Adeyemi.
Manuel Akanji (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Manuel Akanji (Manchester City).