Manchester City's Guardiola rejects Gundogan's 'nervous' comment

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2019

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool now lead the Premier League by two points from title rivals City, though the Merseyside club have played a game more than Pep Guardiola's side.

Last season, Palace ended City's record 18-game winning run last season but Guardiola's team still amassed 100 points as they cruised to the title.

That was on January 3, against Liverpool, where he starred and scored in City's most pivotal match of the season.

The City midfielder told reporters that he and his teammates were "not courageous enough" after City's 1-0 defeat in the Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.

Moreover, City's 1-0 defeat in the first leg in north London, means they are in danger of again missing out on the trophy that the club's Abu Dhabi owners most desire after billions of pounds worth of investment. Of course there is competition from the other ones, and in some specific games we need it, and in some specific games I prefer a type of player to have more control but my admiration and trust with him is intact.

"In the back of the mind of Guardiola were defeats against Monaco and Liverpool".

City will attempt to overturn the deficit against Spurs in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, but first have to contend with a trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

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City are looking to become the first side to retain the title since Manchester United achieved the feat in 2009, whilst Liverpool are seeking a first top-flight title in nearly three decades.

Pep Guardiola was widely criticised for what was viewed as both negative and naive tactics, only bringing the dynamic duo on with two minutes of the 90 remaining.

Yet, it is Jurgen Klopp's men who appear to have the easier run-in as they hope to end a 29-year wait to win the title, especially once tomorrow's visit of Chelsea to Anfield is out the way.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he's deliberately kept Leroy Sane out of his team in recent games.

Asked how we'll approach a game against a team whose Premier League fate has already been sealed, Mauricio replied: "Always with all the respect".

"We have been incredible for 20 months", he added.

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