It marked the first time in his career Guardiola has not led a side under his control to the semifinals of the competition and, ahead of facing Klopp’s Liverpool on Sunday, City lies third in the Premier League – 10 points behind runaway leader Chelsea. In that first half, we didn’t let City play at all anywhere on the pitch, high pressing, and we scored goals. In England it’s the difficulty of this league and the quality of the players around.
They’ve also scored 30 goals on their travels compared to 23 at home.
“We need to know exactly who we can line up”.
“All those issues [out-of-contract players] we will talk about at the end of the season”.
Klopp confirmed England global duo of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Hendersonwill miss the tie against City, while the former Borussia Dortmund manager was waiting over the fitness of Firmino and Divock Origi.
A fiercely-contested clash was tilted Chelsea’s way by N’Golo Kante’s fine victor, while Blues boss Antonio Conte and United manager Jose Mourinho nearly came to blows on the touchline. You see Real Madrid, you see Barcelona, you see Juventus, you see their teams in the boxes and they do not make any mistakes.
“I’ve heard about Pep Guardiola’s style and all that stuff, but it is real football and it is hard to defend against them and a lot of teams have failed already”.
Manchester City and Liverpool were expected to be slugging it out for the English Premier League (EPL) title on the home stretch. The draw is [3.8].
United, six points adrift of the top four, head to the Riverside Stadium to face second bottom Middlesbrough, who will be in action for the first time since manager Aitor Karanka was sacked on Thursday.
Right-back Bacary Sagna echoed the thoughts of Guardiola and centre-back John Stones by blaming City’s exit on an abject first-half showing. It just shows that the Premiership is a great business model but is not really helping in improving football standards. Klopp has won five matches against the Spaniard and no other coach has achieved that many.
Napoli visits Empoli on Sunday, when it will be a case of the league’s best attack against the weakest.
“For me it’s a big challenge and I want to deal with that”. They were beaten 3-1 in Monaco in a tie that encompassed their season.
Pressed on the Toure situation at a news conference to preview Monday morning’s AEDT crunch Premier League clash with Liverpool, Guardiola maintained his stance that such decisions would be taken in due course and looked to quell talk of him liberally wielding the axe.
John Stones, who City spent almost £50 million on last season, is a great prospect, but it’s safe to say his development has not proceeded as hoped.
The Brazilian has been below par in recent games but did score in Liverpool’s last away fixture at Leicester. This leaves the FA Cup as City’s only chance for a trophy this season. He netted in the recent wins against Arsenal and Spurs.
“We’ve won seven and drawn two of our last nine games, keeping seven clean sheets in the process”.