Manchester City FC news: Pep Guardiola says it was always going to be ‘tough’ when Liverpool took 2-0 lead

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Pep Guardiola has refused to criticise Manchester City’s performance against Liverpool, saying his players only lost control for a 10 to 15 minute spell of their Champions League quarter-final first leg.

City were on the end of a whirlwind showing from Jurgen Klopp’s Reds on Wednesday night, with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane all scoring inside a 20-minute first-half period to put the Anfield club in a commanding position.

Though the Reds took their feet off the gas after the interval, City never threatened to get on the score sheet, and they have their work cut out to overcome Liverpool on aggregate in next week’s second leg.

Despite Liverpool cutting through City with ease time and again throughout the opening half, Guardiola suggested his team were actually not too bad, aside from a small period when his players ‘lost a bit of control’.

“We showed up in the beginning of the game, we were there,” Guardiola said.

“We arrived with a huge personality, except 10-15 minutes in the first half when we lost a bit of control. Until 2-0 we were there.

“The second time they arrived they scored a fantastic goal from Chamberlain and then it is always tough.”

Prior to kick-off, City’s team bus was the target of missiles thrown by Liverpool fans as it drove towards Anfield.

Enough damage was caused to render the bus undriveable, and Guardiola admitted his disappointment at the scenes.

He continued: “Yesterday you explained that was going to happen and it happened.

“Normally when the police know it is going to happen they try to avoid it happening. I didn’t expect that from Liverpool. We came here to play football.

“I don’t understand these situations. The bus is destroyed. I didn’t expect it from a club as prestigious as Liverpool. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again.”



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