Beaten Man City must be fearless for Liverpool mission - Guardiola

08 Abril, 2018, 05:44 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Alexis Sanchez gives Chris Smalling a pep talk after his winning goal vs Man City

The Spaniard's side blew the chance to win the Premier League title when they threw away a two-goal against rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Pogba's brace i n the 53rd and 55th minutes had all the elements of suspense and drama as it completely altered the course of a game the Citizens nearly had wrapped up.

Now, City would have to look forward into what seems a bleak week ahead to settle their season.

"I'm happy for the fans, I know it's important for them to beat local teams".

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea demonstrated his world-class ability with a brilliant save from Aguero before the curtain came down on 90 minutes that nearly suspended belief and turned the hope of the home support upside down into despair.

Pep Guardiola is bidding for his first Premier League title since joining Manchester City.

But Guardiola, whose side was denied a penalty when Ashley Young flew into Aguero with a sliding tackle, rolled the dice and came up short.

But Guardiola's side crumbled in unexpected fashion in the second half as Paul Pogba's brace and a Chris Smalling strike put City's title champagne on ice for at least another week.

But United battled back to hand Mourinho a first Manchester derby victory in the Premier League thanks to Pogba's double and Chris Smalling's victor.

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Despite an insipid first-half performance that saw them going 2-0 down within the half-hour mark, United returned with a sense of goal and produced the brand of football their fans craved for.

For all the inevitability of City's eventual confirmation of their third Premier League title, there was genuine disappointment and frustration from their supporters that it was not achieved with United in opposition.

Without VAR to review the play, City was left with no recourse and United - with some help from goalie David de Gea - went on to claim the win, one that will only draw the ire of United haters.

After the full-time whistle, Pogba exchanged a few words with Guardiola then headed straight to United's traveling contingent.

With that game in mind, the Spaniard chose to keep Kevin De Bruyne in reserve, the Belgian among a powerful bench that also included the fit-again Aguero.

The draw, though, allowed Spurs to move alongside them with a sixth straight league win as they defeated Stoke, whose relegation fears in 19th place were only heightened. We had more ball than normally teams get against City.

Ilkay Gundogan's turn and finish made it 2-0 after 30 minutes, but Raheem Sterling twice fluffed his lines in front of goal before the break, blazing over on both occasions to let United off the hook.

The cloud in this silver lining was that City would somehow not bring the title even closer.

"We are going into it to win it", he said.

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