Rafa Benitez comments on Liverpool vs Manchester City title race

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2019

Asked about this at a press conference in Italy ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash against Atalanta, Guardiola said: "No comment on that".

Guardiola described his comments, which have annoyed Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp, as recognition of their Premier League rivals' relentless determination. For Jürgen it is a penalty, for the referee it was a penalty, for VAR it was a penalty, so I was the wrong guy.

What Liverpool has done last season and this season many, many times is because they've this incredible quality and this incredible talent to fight until the end.

Now one fan of Jurgen Klopp's side has claimed Guardiola and City fans are "hypocrites.' ".

"I will never change the way I'm playing or the way I'm doing my things", he said. "I don't put oil in the fire". It was a praise for Liverpool, not just one action.

"I say at the time, "It's not lucky".

Despite being unbeaten and top of the league there has been some close games for the European champions in recent weeks and they've been somewhat fortunate in games against Leicester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Sheffield United and Villa. If Liverpool turn City over, they will put a marker down to say we are better than you right now and we will take some catching.

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"It (late goals) happens many times at Anfield and away because they push and they push".

Liverpool have scored a number of late winners this season and now have a six-point lead of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Richards said: "I think City will win the Premier League this season. If it happens once or twice in their life's then OK but it has happened maybe 10 to 13 times".

Before then, though, there had been what Guardiola described as an attempt to "clarify everything for Jurgen".

The Brazilian custodian has played every match for City in both the Premier League and Champions League so far this season.

"That's why it's nice to face them and try to compete with them".

However, despite Liverpool FC's dominance so far this season, former Manchester City star Richards is tipping the Sky Blues to retain their title for a third straight season this term.

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