City battled to a 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday as they stayed in third place in the Premier League table, just a point above the Reds albeit with a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“Two highly motivated sides, both wanted to win until the last seconds”. The problem is I expect things like this from us and I can not run around after a draw against Man City. The two teams are in the Top-4 and look in good position to maintain their places, but three points would be just very big for the victor of this match in terms of confidence.
Yaya Toure received a yellow card for catching Emre Can on the shoulder with his studs as he slid in, while emotions also ran high on the touchline.
Liverpool had claims for a penalty waved away by ref Michael Oliver after Nicolas Otamendi challenged Sadio Mané in the box. “Hopefully he can run in the second week of the worldwide break and then we will have to see”.
That appeal was nothing compared to one that followed at the other end, Raheem Sterling and then Fernandinho seemingly fluffing their lines when Sane whipped in a fantastic low cross. But instead of firing up his players, Mourinho’s focus such a minor issue made him look small-time which, when added to his actions surrounding Eva Carneiro and blame deflection made him look more an eejit than a leader. Still nothing was given.
Liverpool kept the pressure on, forcing City keeper Willy Caballero into a couple of key saves.
Manchester United are in fifth with 52 points, four behind Liverpool, but with two games in hand, while Arsenal and Everton, who go to Anfield for the Merseyside derby immediately after the global break, are level on 50 points.
James Milner, booed by his fans of his former club, sent the goalie the wrong way. Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi have minor problems, and will be match-day decisions. Unfortunately, the Reds’ midfield and defence failed to maintain a similar intensity while pressing the City attackers, allowing them to put the away team under pressure.
That swung the momentum well in the hosts favour, City getting a second wind in adversity of the tired legs brought on by Wednesday’s European exploits in France. City pressed again and De Bruyne fired against the post after Aguero lost his balance looking to shoot himself.
“John Stones has more personality than anyone in this room”, Guardiola told a post-match media briefing.
Somehow, he contrived to miss the chance – failing to even connect with the cross.