Guardiola calls it a draw ‘one of the most special days of my life’
Manager Josep Guardiola knew Sunday with Manchester City not to win Liverpool (1-1), but according to the Spaniard was the Premier League-duel one of the most special out of his trainersloopbaan.
“I’m so proud,” said the 46-year-old Guardiola just the tie at the Etihad Stadium. “This was one of the most special days of my life.”
City played four days after the painful elimination in the eighth finals of the Champions League by a 3-1 defeat against AS Monaco in a match on very high level against Liverpool.
The final standings had seen the number of opportunities also 3-3 or 4-4 time, but only Liverpool defender James Milner (penalty) and City striker Sergio Aguero managed to score.
The joy of Guardiola was mainly in the fact that his team properly responded after the midweekse deception in Monaco. “We have two very heavy days after we had been disabled in the Champions League. We were sad.”
“Liverpool had all week to prepare for this duel and fight always to the end. That is why I am so happy. More than ever, I want to take this club to the next step in the coming years, if they are willing to me to hold,” said Guardiola, who still has a contract until mid-2019 in Manchester.
Summary AS Monaco-Manchester City (3-1)
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, who Georginio Wijnaldum ninety minutes let in the topper, could be laughing at the texts of his companion. “Guardiola is Spanish. Spanish people are somewhat more emotional than Germans,” joked the German trainer.
Klopp could live with the draw in Manchester. “Every team in the world is satisfied with a point in an away game against Manchester City.”
“There were some moments that their great qualities are not good enough to defend, but we had this contest can also win because their goalkeeper (Willy Caballero, eds.) a couple of great saves forced.”
Manchester City and Liverpool shots on the rankings, both not very much on the division of points. The ‘Citizens’ are third with 57 points, while Liverpool, the number four is with 56 points. Leader Chelsea (69 points) is far out of the picture, while Tottenham Hotspur second with 59 points.
Wijnaldum keeps City with Liverpool on tie, thuiszege Spurs
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