Pep Guardiola satisfied as the tired Man City takes first place with the draw in Dortmund

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said the mission was accomplished after his side’s 0-0 draw in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.

The shared points after a largely uneventful meeting at Signal Iduna Park were enough to see already-qualified City take top spot in Group G with a game to go and Dortmund move into the round of 16 as well.

City came closest to breaking the deadlock when Riyad Mahrez’s penalty was saved in the second half, but neither side showed any urgency to chase a winner in the final stages.

Guardiola admitted his players showed signs of fatigue after traveling to Dortmund following Saturday’s 3-1 home win against Brighton.

He told BT Sport: “We played much better in the second half. In the first half we lost some balls because they were very fast.

“I think we suffered because our match on Saturday was very physically demanding, and the journey and everything else, very tired.

“We wanted to finish at the top of the pack when we were here and we (already) qualified, we’re in the bottom 16 so yeah, really good.”

Erling Haaland had not felt well before the match and suffered a minor foot injury before being substituted against Dortmund (Tim Goode / PA)

Guardiola revealed that Erling Haaland and Joao Cancelo, both substituted at half-time, had not felt well before the match and both had suffered minor foot injuries.

On the next question about Haaland’s injury, the Spaniard said: “I talked to (the medical staff) at half-time and they were a little worried, but I saw him walking more or less normally. We will see.”

The City manager declined to be called upon to decide whether Haaland will become designated as a penalty shooter after Mahrez saw his penalty saved in the second half.

Mahrez also had a penalty saved in City’s previous Champions League draw earlier this month, when it was held 0-0 in Copenhagen.

City’s last missed penalty was the 25th they failed to convert in all competitions since the start of the 2016-17 season, more than any other Premier League club.

Guardiola added: “We’ll see, we’ll see what happens now. Obviously it is a problem. We missed 25 penalties, most of them in the Champions League. It’s too much.

“I always admire their courage, (taking) the responsibility to do it, but obviously we missed a lot of penalties and that’s a problem.

“We missed (one) in Copenhagen and here too, so we have to improve otherwise these are the small margins in this competition that could make the difference.”

English Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham was pleased that his side had limited City to a few chances and kept Haaland quiet.

Bellingham told BT Sport: “In defense we have been really good. I don’t think many teams are keeping a clean sheet against Manchester City this season, so it’s really promising from that point of view.

“It’s nice to keep all City players out, but especially him because we know how dangerous he is.

“I’m not very satisfied because I didn’t score tonight either, but in the end we are happy because we got the draw and we can continue our journey.”

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