Pep Guardiola says sorry over late penalty miss

Posted October 08, 2018

However, the game could have been lost right at the end were it not for a bad penalty kick miss from new Manchester City signing Riyad Mahrez, who skied his spot-kick after Leroy Sane was felled in the area by Leroy Sane. It was pretty surprising to see him take it, considering David Silva and Gabriel Jesus were on the field, and his recent trend of misses make you question why he took it.

"When we won 2-1 at City in the Champions League, they pushed us in our 18-yard box and we didn't know how to come out". It is for both teams it was really intense and both showed respect for the other team.

"Now the players go off and play the Nations League which is the most senseless competition in the world of football", said Klopp, who urged the soccer authorities to look at the issue of players being overused.

But for an ankle injury which required surgery last season, Gomez would nearly certainly have claimed a place in England's World Cup squad, so highly is he rated by manager Gareth Southgate.

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"At [moving] up and down quickly, maybe - no, not maybe, I am pretty sure - they are the best team in the world at these transitions, defensively to offensively, because it is built for that".

Liverpool, who lost James Milner to a hamstring injury in the 29th minute, defeated City three times last season in all competitions and remained unbeaten at home against their title rivals since May 2003.

The first shot on target came from City's Mahrez in the 62nd minute, followed by one from Liverpool's Mo Salah 35 seconds later. Tottenham as well", Guardiola said, adding, "but for us, for Manchester City, we want to defend our title, and they are contenders. If it is an open game at Anfield, you don't even have one percent of a chance because they are so good, they play for that.

Understandably, the emphasis has been on Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino but the real problem lies elsewhere. I don't think about him differently for this game because he's a former Liverpool player. They also dropped deeper as a back four to deny Liverpool's front three the space to get in behind them and it worked a treat. He is always up there scoring the most goals in the Premier League.

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"I am so comfortable with the performance we have done". We had a little setback on Wednesday.

When he is on form and linking up the play, as he was doing for much of today's game, he makes City look nearly unplayable in the middle of the park, regardless of how tightly you press them. To respond is really important when the next opponent is Manchester City.

"The attacking threat from their team - we stopped that today".

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