Pep: Drawing With Liverpool Is One Of My Happiest Days

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said that the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday, is "one of the happiest days of my career as a manager".

Pep Guardiola seemed incredibly happy with the way Manchester City played against Liverpool on Sunday, especially after their exit from the Champions League earlier in the week. "Unfortunately we didn't score the chance we created but I think we played good against a good Manchester City".

Gael Clichy tried to atone for his very bad defensive positioning which saw Roberto Firmino sneak in behind by felling him like a dead tree.

If you're looking to save money for more stellar outfield players in your Dream Team, you could do worse than trusting either of these two between the sticks. "After the Champions League, the last few days at training people were so, so, sad, people don't talk too much", Guardiola said.

Aided by some weak defending, there were chances galore at Etihad Stadium and it came as a surprise that only two goals were scored.

But matches against clubs further down the league, whom Liverpool are often heavily tipped to beat, have seen the Reds stumble and as such they saw their title challenge fizzle out just after Christmas.

Guardiola was criticised for gambling on an attacking line-up after City surrendered a 5-3 first-leg lead to crash out of Europe on away goals with a 3-1 loss at Monaco in midweek.

All three were 50-50 calls and not given but City defender Gael Clichy's foul on Roberto Firmino was clear, with the left back having previously lost his man by slipping over.

But goalkeeper Caballero agreed City had shown character at a crucial stage in their season.

Manchester City, however, drew level in the 68th minute through Sergio Aguero off a brilliant assist from Kevin De Bryune. De Bruyne hit the post in the ensuing chaos but it was a squandered chance at the other end that sparked disbelief.

Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range.

"When you approach one game after 10 games winning, it's nothing special". How the Reds regret slipping up so often against the league's lower-placed side.

"The decision of the referee we can say nothing", Caballero, who saved three Liverpool penalties in City's Capital One Cup victory last season, said. However, their failure to win means they now face an almighty fight to qualify for next season's Champions League.

But, despite chances aplenty in the closing stages of a thrilling clash, there was no victor for third placed City, who are now 12 points behind Chelsea and stay just one point ahead of fourth placed Liverpool.

The Spaniard's past record in the Champions League, which includes two triumphs with Barcelona, was perhaps the chief reason he was appointed and expectations were high when he arrived last summer.

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