Guardiola confirms he wanted Mahrez to take penalty

Guardiola confirms he wanted Mahrez to take penalty

Guardiola confirms he wanted Mahrez to take penalty

Manchester City and Liverpool, two of the most prolific attacking sides in Europe and contenders to win the Premier League and more, faced off at Anfield on Sunday in league play, and it was a match that was expected to bring a least a couple goals. "How we played was different to previous seasons". We have to build something as a team. They are so good.

However, the former Leicester man skied the penalty, but Guardiola backed Mahrez.

Liverpool started the game strongly and troubled Manchester City with their pressing but Pep Guardiola's team settled into the game after a few minutes and controlled the game for most of the first half. That is why I have so much credit for what we have done.

Jesus, who replaced Agüero in the 65th minute at Anfield, believed he was supposed to be City's second choice penalty taker behind the Argentina global. Even when we won 3-0 at home and 4-3 at home, it was not like that. We have many of them. "It was really intense and both showed respect for the other team", he said. Don't lose the ball in the wrong moment, otherwise you have big problems. "The teams did well and we were a bit lucky with the penalty, of course, that is clear".

With the clash against Liverpool so important in the battle for the Premier League title, it remains to be seen whether De Bruyne could feature or it is merely mind games from Guardiola.

"You can not defend them over 95 minutes at 100 percent".

"Not struggling in the sense of playing badly but I felt as though Liverpool just had the edge on them when I was watching".

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Goals are guaranteed, they said. It is so hard to defend so I am really happy how we did it.

"We had on Wednesday a little setback for sure". I watched the game on the flight back.

Liverpool fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to give their reaction to the performance of Jordan Henderson against Manchester City. It was so much better today. "Riyad feels deflated, he feels he has let us down", he said. No doubt about that.

United have plenty of time to make up the ground they have lost on the leaders, but there is a reason they are already off the pace and, like the Gunners, I think their main aim now will just be to finish fourth.

A golden chance looked like it had been gifted to City to end the Anfield hoodoo, only for Mahrez to sky his penalty well over the bar and the sides to share the points equally.

The Spanish coach finished the love-in between himself and Klopp. Maybe we need two penalties to score one goal. "We had our chance".

"We are ok but we knew we could have done more here, we have to keep going".

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