Guardiola on defensive after City's miserable week

  • Guardiola on defensive after City's miserable week

Guardiola on defensive after City's miserable week

They remain at the summit of the English topflight table with 13 points better than their City rivals, Manchester United, which came back from two goals down to claim a 3-2 win over their hosts last weekend.

FC's Steve Nicol recounts his rollercoaster of emotions during Liverpool's second-leg win over Manchester City.

"They're a good team and they were always going to put us under pressure", said the former City midfielder.

However, after a verbal kick up the backside by Lovren and some tactical input from Klopp, the second half proved to be a totally different affair with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scoring to secure a 2-1 win and 5-1 aggregate victory.

City were unable to find a second by half-time, although they were unlucky to have Leroy Sane's goal ruled out by an incorrect offside decision.

Guardiola, who was sent off from the touchline during a half-time conversation with the referee, refused to let any refereeing controversy get in the way of him praising his opponents.

Klopp said of Barcelona's exit: "I walked up the stairs and somebody told me". Seventy-eight minutes, the most incredible penalty I ever saw in my life, and Martin Atkinson didn't want to whistle. He's special. When everybody sees things, he likes to decide the opposite. "That's why he sent me off", he explained to the media after the match. "They are exceptional, so I will be close to them no matter what happens between now and the end of the season".

"We need money to buy and to play in that level all the time".

Salah had been an injury doubt after limping off in the first leg, but Liverpool were unable to spring the Egyptian free in the first 45 minutes as City peppered the visitors' box with crosses without finding the final touch.

"In this competition the teams are so equal and the influence of refereeing decisions is so important", said the Spaniard afterwards, denying he had insulted the referee. The goal from Gabriel Jesus in Anfield was a goal, not offside.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on April 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. I would say we didn't have any luck with injuries again and City didn't have injuries all season.

They have had two incredible nights in the space of a week and will be hopeful the journey isn't over yet. If we go to 2-0 against that side it is a little bit different.