Pep Guardiola hints at major Man City overhaul with big summer ahead

Ross Houston
April 2, 2017

With the draw against Liverpool, City sit in third place in the Premier League, a point ahead of the Reds with a game in hand.

A controversial penalty was awarded to Liverpool in the 51st minute of the game when Man City's Gael Clichy tripped Roberto Firmino in the penalty box. It's not that I'm not satisfied; it's more that actually, I expect things like this from us.

"We played very well - with spirit, with mentality, with everything".

Guardiola says he was proud of the attitude of his players although he is concerned that they missed chances to claim all three points against their rivals for the top-four.

"You can not imagine", said the man who won two European Cups for Barça.

"They deserved the goal, but we could have scored more".

"You can not imagine. It is one of happiest days of my career as a manager".

City came into the match having been eliminated by Monaco in the Champions League and they looked lethargic for most parts of the game. "We can't be too disappointed with a point". They're not young guns either, most of them. However, it'd be understandable if City fans expect their players to perform a little better in their own back yard.

Toward the end of the second half, City began to get sloppy in possession and often gave the ball away to a Liverpool player, despite being under no real pressure - Bacary Sagna was caught out at least twice.

"We were sad and that's why I'm so happy".

"Then playing Liverpool, when all week they were preparing for the game".

"I like to be there to try to attack as much as possible".

The hosts came close once again five minutes before half-time when Silva latched on to a Kevin De Bruyne pass just inside the Liverpool penalty area and whipped in a low cross at the far post where Fernandinho blasted into the side netting with the goal at his mercy.

He told City's official website: "For 80 minutes, we played good and I think we dominated the game". I enjoyed it because it was two sides trying to win the game, trying to create chances.

A side like Manchester City, who they faced today, is nearly the ideal opposition for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to press and counter-attack at speed because they leave so much space. Guardiola's side travels to the Emirates Stadium on April 2 to face Arsenal and, three days later, takes on Premier League champion-elect Chelsea.

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