Guardiola ‘satisfied’ with point at the Riverside

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was pleased with the character of his team after they came from behind to force a 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Alvaro Negredo put Boro in front just before half-time but City equalised after the interval when Sergio Aguero converted a controversially given penalty.

The home team took the lead again when Calum Chambers stabbed home with 13 minutes remaining but the Citizens took a point when Gabriel Jesus headed in Aguero's cross five minutes before the end.

Guardiola said after the game: "In the first half, we had problems to control the counter-attacks.

"We were not good enough in the positions to control – there were too many people in front and no people inside but the second half was much better.

"It's a point so we didn't lose. It's still there, so we'll see. I think the character of the team is not doubted – always they've had that. They've shown that all season.

"A good result would have been a win. But we turned the game two times, so I am satisfied about that.

"You come here and they are fighting to survive in the Premier League and when you face this sort of team it is the most difficult thing."

Guardiola also said that City's home form will determine if they finish the season in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

After the point at the Riverside, City currently occupy fourth spot on the league table, one point ahead of Manchester United with four games remaining – three of them at home.

The Spaniard said: "Our qualification depends in our home at the Etihad with the three games that we have.

"We have tough games. Everybody has tough games so it's game by game."

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