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Pep: Why Man City Struggled At Anfield

Pep Guardiola: Why Manchester City Struggled At Anfield

By Keegan Kruger - Apr 05, 2018 09:35 AM @KeeganKruger

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained why he thinks his side struggled in their 3-0 loss to Liverpool in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield.

Click through the gallery above to see images of Liverpool's 3-0 win over City on Wednesday night.

The Citizens were blown away by the Reds in the opening 45 minutes of the match as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all found the back of the net.

Although the visitors ended up having 66% of the possession in the game, they could not register a single shot on target, and Guardiola made an attempt to explain why.

"We didn't create clear chances because they defended deep, we needed one goal but we couldn't score it," the Spaniard said, as quoted by the Daily Express.

"Nobody believes we will go through. We will convince ourselves tomorrow. I believe a lot in my team. They've shown me lots of good things over the season. We have 90 minutes more and we're going to try it.

"(Manchester) United is coming at home then we have three days to prepare."

The Spanish tactician also spoke about how important he thinks the clean sheet is for the Reds, but also insisted he side would come back stronger in the second leg.

"The clean sheet is so important for them, we are going to see how our players react," he added.

"Accept the defeat, accept Liverpool being clinical and precise, and we'll see what happens next week."

Gallery: Liverpool Fans Trash Man City Bus, Pep Comments

The second leg of this quarter-final tie takes place next Tuesday, 10 April, and will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

Can you see City getting back into this tie? Have your say in the comments section below.


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JOMMAK Joined: 25 Aug 2017
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JOMMAK Apr 06, 2018 12:14 AM
Pep is a gentleman...had it been 'crybaby' we wouldn't stop hearing of how the referee, the tv commentator, the ballboy and the ice cream man all conspired to rob his team etc etc...Ai, Mourinho!
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Faysal Apr 05, 2018 09:05 PM
City must try hard
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Mumm_Rubi Apr 05, 2018 08:15 PM
Do we still have Q awards?
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Mumm_Rubi Apr 05, 2018 07:31 PM
I don't know how many City will score but Liverpool will score a goal or 2 at Manchester.
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Athobe Apr 05, 2018 06:19 PM
Mxm klopp is gonna moer u again at etihad by 2 goals difference ur back 4 wont cope wth livers front 3
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baba ka Luvo Apr 05, 2018 03:28 PM
klop has pep number
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baba ka Luvo Joined: 06 Jan 2018
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baba ka Luvo Apr 05, 2018 03:27 PM
pridiction liverpool 4-1 man city on aggregate
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baba ka Luvo Apr 05, 2018 03:25 PM
second leg city will come out blasing but when they do that the will oppen space for liverpool dont be seprise livepool score first
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KK-kELLS Apr 05, 2018 02:51 PM
both teams find themselves in an unfamiliar territory... just like Roma.
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KK-kELLS Apr 05, 2018 02:49 PM
Cityzens can overturn the score n win
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Mpho wa Cosmos Apr 05, 2018 01:56 PM
@The_Best_One you are surely the best one! Spot on. Pep must thank Mou for turning the beautiful players Defensive otherwise the competition for EPl would also be tough.
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amuluks7 Apr 05, 2018 11:48 AM
I'm a Liverpool fan but city will go to the semifinals
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Myaka weliPhefeni Apr 05, 2018 10:55 AM
Jurgen Klopp study ur team very well and use ur weakness point to beat u,if u a the master why u dont break their deep defence? Jst congratulate for them and hope for the next leg maybe ur players cn turn the table loool
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The_Best_One Apr 05, 2018 10:38 AM
Liverpool has already booked a spot in the semifinal after a convincing 3: 0 win at the expenses of man city at slaughterhouse (anfield) . There is only one team that is guaranteed to score ; is Liverpool. Why Mane , Salah and firmino are unstoppable. The only remaining team (real , Barcelona ,and Bayern ) that can beat liverpool is Real Madrid because of the unpredictable style of play. They don't need to play well to win games. They Just know how to win big games. Barcelona can only beat Liverpool provided that their all time great forward he is on top of his game , no one but the referee.
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Thokozani_Shezi Apr 05, 2018 10:21 AM
I can bet with my last cent, City will not go through... YNWA

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