Guardiola confirms he wanted Mahrez to take penalty

Guardiola confirms he wanted Mahrez to take penalty

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. "Now I have to look forward".

You always say champions win or pick points up when they're not playing well, Liverpool aren't at their best at the moment.

"If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I'd have said "yes", he added.

Guardiola passed on his penalty instruction to Mahrez and Jesus via Benjamin Mendy and also explained his decision to the Brazilian after the game. After their pulsating clashes in the UEFA Champions League and the 4-3 thriller in the Premier League in 2018, this affair was more pragmatic with possession nearly equal and big chances also shared evenly.

It was billed as the biggest game of the season so far but it failed to live up to those expectations as, until the last 15 minutes, both sides appeared reluctant to commit to all-out attack for fear of what the consequences at the other end may be. I was confident, so I was not happy that they did not allow me.

"So there is a long way to go and there will be a lot of teams competing but we hope we are one of them".




"We didn't adapt to what Napoli did, and today we were back again so I am fine".

"We know Aguero is the penalty taker, but that is how far the analysis has gone now". "It showed we can do both - have the ball and be very strong as well".

Manchester City star midifelder Iklay Gundogan has sent out a warning ahead of the Citizens encounter with Liverpool this weekend. One situation and they are alone in front of your goalie, or alone in the box and they shoot and score an easy goal.

Riyad Mahrez could have won it for the defending champions late on when they were awarded a penalty, but he lashed the ball into the stand behind goal from the spot. We were all disappointed with Wednesday as a 90 minutes as a whole, so we wanted to get off to a fast start.

Liverpool fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to give their reaction to the performance of Jordan Henderson against Manchester City. "It happens, so we had to move on", the England defender said.

Saints exposed them at the back but missed two sitters, firstly through Danny Ings to go 1-0 up and then when Ryan Bertrand could have equalised. They are incredibly quick and we controlled them outstandingly, but we didn't create too much.

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