Guardiola: Draw was ‘fair result’ against Liverpool

Date published: Sunday 8th November 2020 7:26 - Lewis Oldham


Man City boss Pep Guardiola has insisted that a draw was the right result between themselves and Liverpool on Sunday.

The game got off to a scintillating start in the first half. Liverpool started well and were ahead after 15 minutes. Mo Salah opened the scoring for the Reds from the penalty spot.

They had chances to extend their lead, but Man City equalised just past the half-hour mark. Kevin De Bruyne passed it to Gabriel Jesus in the box, who turned and finished well past Allison to equalise.

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Guardiola’s men could have been in front at the break as they were given a penalty of their own in the 39th minute. De Bruyne was trusted with it, but he hit the ball wide as the game remained 1-1 at the break.

City were the slightly better side in a quieter second half. They could not find a winning goal though, as it finished 1-1.

Guardiola reflected on the game with Sky Sports, as cited by BBC Sport, and he said a point apiece was fair:

“A tight game, they started well, we conceded a goal and conceded a penalty like at Leicester. It was tight, in the second half we had more clear chances but a draw is a fair result.

“Defending against Liverpool is not easy, normally they have three in attack and now four, they ran in behind and you cannot stay there and they play in between the players. It is not easy to play but we adjusted a bit and had more courage to stay high. We made a good goal and unfortunately we missed a penalty. In games or opponents like Liverpool, if you miss a penalty it is more difficult.

“Three games, three goals for Gabriel Jesus, he did not train much so he did really good.

“When you cannot win in 80-85 minutes, you cannot lose it. When you play against a contender like Liverpool, you have to try and win but you cannot lose. We know each other quite well.

“Trent Alexander-Arnold, international English player, now injured. Here we believe we are more special, we don’t protect the players, so that is why it is a disaster. This calendar came from a year before and I will demand for players to come back otherwise it will be difficult to maintain it.”

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