Has Pep Guardiola lost faith in Leroy Sane?

Ross Houston
April 14, 2019

Gary Neville admits it is "painful" to watch the "brilliant" title race between Manchester City and Liverpool this season.

Since then? Full matches merely versus Cardiff, Schalke and Newport.

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.

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

The midfielder felt it was in keeping with other "nervous" Champions League displays that mean City are not yet a "big team".

"Of course we want to do well, especially in the Champions League but in that case in this specific game I don't think I agree".

Any positive result for Palace would surely be welcomed by Liverpool fans, who are waiting for City to slip up in their remaining Premier League games. That's why we chose to play a different type of game. We didn't want to concede a counter-attack, where they are stronger than us. "After the penalty, Sergio reacted incredibly well and was mentally strong and the team was stable".

"I don't agree with him, absolutely not", the City boss told a news conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League game at Crystal Palace. "We lost two games in the last 23 and the way we lost ..."

"Now it doesn't count if this decision was good or not after the game", he began.

"I don't see a situation where they will both pick three points up from every game this season". Unfortunately we could not score a goal, but we have a second leg at home.

They play the Eagles before Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield.

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".

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